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Golden Gloves boxing tournament begins Sunday at RiverWorks

A couple past New York State Golden Gloves champions are expected to be in action during the opening round of the annual tournament, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo RiverWorks.

One of them is light heavyweight Lawrence King Jr. of Rochester. The Monroe County Sheriff Department employee is a four-time open champion who did not participate in last year's event.

Also, Buffalo's Charles Garner III is slated to be in action at 141 pounds.

Garner is the only one of three open division champions from the Buffalo branch of the state Golden Gloves to fight this year after reaching the 2017 national quarterfinals. Last year, he fought at 152.

State Golden Gloves President Don Patterson said there will be between 15-20 fights on Sunday's card. He said there will fights in 14 different weight classes scheduled from sub-novice to open division.

Only open division champions advance to the national tournament May 14-19 in Omaha, Neb.

The Golden Gloves is open to males and females and has divisions for sub-novice-, novice- and open-level boxers.

The Empire State actually has two Golden Gloves tournaments: one for New York City area boxers in the Big Apple and the Buffalo competition one, which serves as the state tournament for everyone else. The Buffalo location is expected to draw boxers from Western New York, Central New York, Adirondack Region and the North Country.

Ticket prices for the first round range from $25-45 if purchased in advanced, $30-$50 at the door on fight night. Advance tickets can be purchased at

The tournament resumes April 8 and May 6.

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