The 2023 Cleveland Golden Gloves Regional Finals, organized by the Cleveland Police Athletic League (PAL), marked the competition’s return to the historic Public Hall in downtown Cleveland for the first time since 2007.
The electric atmosphere saw fighters giving their best to secure a place in the National Golden Gloves Finals in Philadelphia, PA. Ringside guests included Mayor Justin Bibb, Safety Director Kerry Howard, Recreation Commissioner Sam Gissantaner, and former World Champion Kelly Pavlik.
PAL played a significant role in organizing the event, in line with its mission to prevent violence through youth involvement in sports and engagement of public safety personnel with the community.
One of the most exhilarating fights of the night was the 156lb Novice match between Thomas Hudak and Naishon Allen. Hudak started behind, receiving two standing eight counts, but made a courageous comeback to win the judges’ nod and secure his Golden Glove title. He also received the Kelly Pavlik Fighter of the Night trophy.
Another remarkable fight that brought fans to their feet was the 125lb bout between Francis Stewart and Daben Figueroa. Stewart won a close decision to claim his Golden Glove title and received the Michael Dokes Elite Fighter of the Night award.
The ladies’ match between 110lb fighters Asia Smith and Alyssia Lopez also captivated the audience. Both boxers gave their all, and in the third round, Lopez finally secured her victory. The winners of these exciting matches now have the opportunity to compete for national titles in Philadelphia and possibly join the USA Olympic Team.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this event. Special thanks go to Safety Director Howard, Kelly Pavlik, Kim Moss, Victor Rucker, Dave Peck, Ron, Maryann, and Brennan Fields, Margy Sanders, Danielle Cuculic, Leo Keglovic, Nick Duganier, Mike Long, Scott Neal, Jeff Daniels, Mike and Tracy Shantery, Karl and Tammy Caranchi, Carl Burton, Novak Supply, Avon Lake Printing, the Ohio State Former Boxers Association, DJ Tony Harper, Officers LaKisha Harris and Jule Hall, Ring Announcer Paul Schil, National Anthem Singer Tampa Murphy, Channel 3 and Channel 8, Danny K, the Channel 20 crew, Setta Trophy, Ticketswift, and all our dedicated volunteers, staff members, officials, coaches, and of course, the talented boxers who came to compete.
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