Two Minnesota boxers have made it to the finals of the National Golden Gloves.
Jamal James and Javontae Starks are teammates from Circle of Discipline (COD) in south Minneapolis. All of the other titlists from the Upper Midwest region have been eliminated from the national tournament due to losses, except for heavyweight Delano Henton, who missed the trip completely, reportedly due to a foot injury.
James and Starks, both of whom were runners-up at the P.A.L. national tournament last fall, will fight tonight for the titles in the 141# division (James) and the 152# division ( Starks). James will be facing Jose Benavidez of Nevada while Starks gets a rematch with Errol Spence of Texas, the southpaw who beat him for the class championship at the P.A.L. tournament.
The tournament is being held in Salt Lake City this year, and the final round begins at 7pm local time (8pm cdt) tonight.