Kashaun “Big Baby” Davis (right), who fights with the Pearl (Mississippi) Boxing Club, PBC, won his championship fight and is set to turn pro. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises)

Powered by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, the Mid-South Golden Gloves returned to Memphis after a 50-year absence on July 9-10. 

“We’re glad to have the Mid-South Golden Gloves back in Memphis,” said Ike Griffith, special assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland and the director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services. 

“It originated in Memphis in 1934. It stayed here in the city until 1969, and then eventually to Jackson, Tennessee. After Jackson, Tennessee it went to Little Rock, Arkansas. And … we are bringing it back to Memphis, not only for this year, but also next year.”

Ike Griffith is embracing boxing as another avenue to reach young people. (Photos: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises)

The regional boxing event was held at the Hickory Hill Community Center.

Boxers from Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi competed for the right to move on toward the national championships.

The New Tri-State Defender helped sponsor the return of the Mid-South Golden Gloves as part of “The Road to 70 and Beyond!” – the theme for the TSD’s celebration of 70 years of serving Greater Memphis.