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Golden Gloves to partner with Lafayette High to form boxing club

The start of the New York State Golden Gloves Tournament may just be days away, but that’s not stopping the organization from thinking about the future of boxing.

The organization will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo River Works where it not only will introduce some of the participants in this year’s state Golden Gloves Tournament but also announce a partnership with Lafayette High School to form a boxing club at the school.

There’s no fee to joining the club team, which would likely start up next August or September, but participants would be required to become members of USA Boxing, which provides insurance for in-ring injuries, for $50, state Golden Gloves President Don Patterson said.

Why form a partnership with a school?

“To have a positive activity to attract students and give them positive teaching moments that sports are able to do,” said Patterson, who also serves as director of the Upward Bound Program at Buffalo State. “It also teaches them how to manage their time so they know they have no time to waste.

“I know the kids I’ve trained who were high school age have been able to benefit” from being involved in boxing.

According to Lafayette Principal John Starkey, the program will start off with physical training offered at the school for interested parties. Those who then want to learn punching techniques/train to be an in-ring fighter would then have the option of training either at Northwest Buffalo Community Center or West Side Boxing Club.

Patterson and Starkey said they are still ironing out details but the program will include an education component.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s presser also will announce the start of the annual state Golden Gloves Tournament, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Buffalo River Works. The tournament will be conducted over the course of four shows between Sunday and late April. Open division champions qualify for the national tournament May 15-21 in Salt Lake City.

General admission tickets for Sunday’s card are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Ringside seats are $35/$40 and VIP seating is $45/$50. Tickets can be purchased at Buffalo River Works, Pearl Street Grill (856-2337), Doris Records (883-2410), Carubba Collision (876-0700) and at