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Golden Gloves meet returns to LR in 2005. (Inside Business).

The National Golden Gloves boxing tournament will return to Little Rock in 2005, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau said last week.

The seven-day event, which previously visited the capital city in 1985 and 1993, will take place at the Statehouse Convention Center, the site of other boxing events including Fight Night, which took place March 31 and featured Little Rock native Jermain Taylor.

The LRCVB said Golden Glove franchisees chose Little Rock over Philadelphia at this year's tournament in Las Vegas in May.

Ray Rodgers of Little Rock, the Mid-South Golden Gloves franchise holder, said the group chose Little Rock because of its central location in the country and because they like the Statehouse Convention Center's facilities.

The LRCVB said 360 boxers from across the nation will take part in the tournament. It expects the tournament to attract 1,200-1,300 visitors--including boxers' families and friends, coaches, boxing officials and national media--staying an average of five days.
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Title Annotation:Little Rock
Author:Turner, Lance
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief Article
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Date:Jun 16, 2003
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