BUTTE – For the first time in seven years, amateur boxing is coming back to Butte.
It’s hard to believe that a city so rich in it’s fighting history, has been deprived of the sport on an amateur level for so long. That all changes on Saturday when the Montana Golden Gloves of Butte will host a tournament featuring boxers from all over the Treasure State. Three fighters from Butte will be headlining major bouts Saturday, and after spending so much of their time on the road competing in other cities, to be back home is almost sweeter than a victory.
“I don’t really know how to put it, you know, it’s like your crowd and everyone that supports you in your hometown. You know you train here, you feel more comfortable here,” said 16-year-old boxer Brenden Roat.
“It’s just exciting, since this is my first fight it’s here in Butte, it’s in my gym, I think it’s pretty exciting,” said Chase Garlend, who will be competing in his first ever fight on Saturday.
“We’re excited.I talk about it all the time but they never see it because it’s out of town, so it’s exciting,” said Rheanna Brush, who is the sole female fighter representing Butte on Saturday.