Joliet, Il. resident Joseph Awinongya Jr. won the National Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament in Independence, MO. Awinongya, 9, defeated Adam Dinkins of Washington, DC in the final on February 4. Awinongya competed in the eight and nine-year-old bracket, boxing in the 80-pound weight class.

In the semi-final on February 3, Awinongya defeated Elijah Cabajos of Bakersfield, CA. On February 2, he defeated Wyatt Hansen of Billings, MT in the quarterfinal round.

The National Silver Gloves Tournament has been held each year since 1967. The tournament is for boxers aged eight to fifteen.

Awinongya Jr. is trained by his father, Ghana native, Joseph Awinongya Sr., a former professional boxer and noted trainer. Awinongya Sr. was in famed promoter Don King’s stable in the 1990’s, and compiled a professional record of 12 wins, nine defeats and five draws from 1994-2005.

Awinongya Sr. boxed in Europe and the United States, and upon retiring from competition turned his attention to training and managing boxers. He has guided boxers to nationally televised bouts on ESPN and Showtime.

Most notably, Awinongya Sr. led challenger Osumana Adama to box for the IBF Middleweight title against Daniel Geale in Australia in March of 2012. In Monaco in February 2014, Adama challenged “pound for pound” champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin for the WBA and IBO world titles with Awinongya Sr. in his corner.

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