Winners of this tournament, which concludes Feb. 17, advance to the Eastern regional against winners of the Allegheny Mountain Association, representing Western Pennsylvania and the other four associations in the six-state Region 2. That tournament is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at Pleasantville (N.J.) High School and March 5 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Survivors of that event move on to the national tournament April 3 to 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Middle Atlantic Association's Philadelphia area tournament has produced such elite boxers as Meldrick Taylor and Tyrell Biggs, both of whom won gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and rising professional lightweight contender Ivan Robinson. Taylor won two world titles as a pro.
For many years, until the mid-1950s, the Daily News sponsored the Philadelphia area Golden Gloves and Silver Gloves competitions.
"The Daily News's involvement gives us the opportunity to get more publicity for amateur boxing," said Southwest Philadelphia's Hank Kropinski, the Eastern Amateur Boxing Region 2 president. "It's a much-needed shot in the arm for amateur boxing locally."
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