Kentucky’s Aaron Waldon Wins National Title
Aaron “Kiael” Waldon this past weekend competed in the National Golden Gloves Boxing Championships in Philadelphia, PA. He finished with the Gold Medal (1st place) at the tournament, winning 5 fights in 6 days, and also secured a berth into the USA Olympic Trials in December in Lafayette, Louisiana.
*The Golden Gloves Championships is the longest-running amateur boxing tournament in the world. This year marked the 100th year of the event and fittingly so the centennial anniversary of this event was held in Philadelphia, PA.
*Kiael is originally from Paducah, Kentucky, and moved to Louisville in January of 2021. He had never had formal boxing training until joining Jeff City Boxing Club located in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
*He is one of 8 fighters that have or will qualify in the 156lb division (middleweight) for the Olympic trials. The winner of the Olympic trials will represent the USA at the Paris Olympics 2024.
*He currently has a 25-1 record as an amateur with his lone loss avenged.
*He qualified for the National Golden Gloves Championships by winning the Indiana State Golden Gloves tournament in April. Indiana has only had 3 National Champions since 1993 with Kiael being the 3rd.
*He is the first fighter from Kentucky to win the National Golden Gloves Championships since 1984 when James Pritchard from Louisville captured the title. Other notable winners of the National Golden Gloves from Kentucky are: Muhammad Ali in 1959 and 1960, William Beeler in 1977, Terrance Silvers in 1978, Greg Page in 1978 and Marcus Anderson in 1963, 1966 & 1967
*He is the first fighter from either Kentucky or Indiana since 1992 to qualify for the Olympic Trials
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I am writing this email because this young man is worthy of recognition for his achievement. He is trained and coached by Jeremy Voyles at Jeff City Boxing. For more information please contact Jeremy.