BUTTE — This Saturday the Mining City will host its second annual Butte Boxing Invitational, bringing in roughly 25 fighters from the local area and beyond to Gold Gloves Gym.
The sport has rejuvenated in Butte over the past year, and event organizers are proud to help it continually grow. The event will showcase some of the best amateur boxing in the Northwest United States. But as event organizer Leigh-Ann Whitworth said, bringing this sport back to the forefront will serve a much bigger purpose which will have a longterm effect on the Butte community for years to come.
“Boxing is a family, it’s a family sport. The coaches know each other, the boxers know each other, and you know what else, it’s so good for our community," said Whitworth. "We get hotel rooms, people go out to eat, people are hanging out in our town for the day, and that is so important to our sport. It’s just so good for Butte and it’s good for us as a community to be using this building. You know, this building comes alive when we have these boxing matches.”
Saturday's event starts at 6 p.m., and admission is $10. The Gold Glove Gym is located at 1101 Utah Ave. in Butte.