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Flinn Middle School hosts Silver Gloves Championships

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Jimmy Goodman of Patriots Gateway Boxing Club watches youth boxers in action.

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The sport of boxing has continued to grow in the Rockford area over the years. This weekend Flinn Middle School hosted the Silver Gloves Championships for youth boxers. The Patriots Gateway Boxing Club organized the event. Joel Del Real was one of the winners from Sunday's matchups, who felt great being in the ring with many spectators on hand.

"Before the fight I was pretty nervous but when I got in the ring, all of the nerves went away," said Del Real. "When they called my corner, I was really happy." 

"We had a record number of entries this year, we had over 140 plus entries and two excellent days of boxing," said Jimmy Goodman, the Head Coach at Patriots Gateway Boxing Club. "For us it's great, when the kids succeed we succeed and it's just fun seeing them succeed and grow through the sport of boxing."

Goodman hopes that the sport continues to grow in the area with various events that welcome the youth.

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Sam Knox joined the 13 Sports Authority team in Spring of 2020 after graduating from Emerson College. Sam majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Sports Communication.

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