What is Boxing Weekend?
Dubbed as what My College Road Trip calls “The Biggest Party Weekend in the South,” Boxing Weekend is an amateur boxing event for fraternity members of the University of Tennessee. Each spring, roughly 55 boxers compete in 11 different weight classes over the course of a weekend. A long-standing tradition of the University of Tennessee, this event is open to anyone from anywhere, and 2018’s Boxing Weekend is sure to impress.
Q. What is the Boxing Tournament?
Q. Why did the name of the Tournament change?
Q. Who can box?
Q. How can I buy a ticket?
Q. What merchandise is available?
Q. How do I get to the Tournament?
Q. Is alcohol sold at the Tournament?
Q. Where does the money raised go?
Q. Is re-entry allowed to the Tournament?
Q. How can I purchase a table at the Tournament?
History of Boxing Weekend
The history of the Boxing Tournament must begin with Ace Miller. Described as a “pool hustler, part-time bookie, and full time street-fighter” in a 1974 Sports Illustrated article, Ace borrowed $500 in 1964. He used that money to buy a local pool hall and converted it into a boxing arena – albeit a tiny one. Upon taking over the Golden Gloves Gym in Knoxville in 1971, Ace began his extraordinarily successful career training many fighters, including several Olympians.
In 1980, three fraternity members, Steve Jacoway, Michael Turley and Andy Jett approached Ace. They asked if he would be willing to host a Boxing Tournament for fraternities through Golden Gloves. After meeting with the fraternity members, Ace decided that this event would be of great benefit to both the Golden Gloves program and the fraternity system as a whole.
Since 1980, the Boxing Tournament has been a staple of Greek life at the University of Tennessee. From its humble beginnings, the Tournament has grown steadily in size and profit each year. Over 1,500 fraternity men have competed in the Tournament to date, with more new competitors each year. The Tournament has also grown to be one of the largest collegiate fundraisers in America.
After the Tournament in 2011, it was evident that the Tournament had grown so large that the Golden Gloves Arena could not hold the crowd. In 2012 the Tournament moved to a larger venue. However, hours before the Tournament, Ace passed away.
In 2013 the Tournament’s official name was changed to the Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament. The Tournament could not have been possible without the help of Ace Miller and the Golden Gloves Gym in Knoxville. Today, the Tournament is still an annual tradition with thanks to the continued support of Golden Gloves Gym and the Miller family.