Why is it that whenever I hear the bio of any professional boxer, or even someone who used to be a professional boxer, they are always referred to as being a “golden gloves” champion of some sort. What exactly is golden gloves, and how can so many boxers be given this award? If your grandfather was a boxer, he was a golden gloves champion. Several UFC MMA fighters are former “golden gloves” boxers.
It’s so common that it seems like a de facto term for anyone who did any amount of professional boxing. If you have more than 1 pro fight can you send away $10 and get a “golden gloves” certificate from somewhere? I assume that’s how it works. Maybe you need to prove at least one professional win, or more than 3 pro fights, or something like that. Or maybe it’s like “All American” and college athletes.
I’ve been scoffing at this term for years now, and when I saw someone in an internet forum refer to himself as a “golden gloves champion” boxer, I figured it’s about time I actually ask what the term “golden gloves” actually means and why it’s so ridiculously pervasive.