Have you ever seen footage of Muhammed Ali or Joe Louis performing their craft in the ring? If you haven't, you are missing out; boxing is a true art form, and watching a great boxing match is an unparalleled experience. The combination of grace and brute power makes one appreciate the depth of human potential. Boxing makes Mr. Groupon want to be a better man!
And if you've never seen boxing live, then you haven't lived. Fortunately, Groupon is offering 50% off tickets to the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament. Normally $10, pay just $5 for tickets on one of three nights: Thursday 3/19, Friday 3/20, or Saturday 3/21. Golden Gloves is a renowned boxing tournament that has produced former champions such as Joe Louis, Sonny Liston, and even Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), who flew like a butterfly and stung like a bee. A great many more boxers who went on to fight in the Olympics got their start at Golden Gloves. Even Rod Blagojevich and Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan were former champions. What future heavyweight champion or upstanding Illinois politician might you witness doling out beatings at this years Golden Gloves Championship? And this year 350 amateur fighters will include all types: from seriously skilled kids who will one day fight professionally, to 30-year-old Board of Traders who have always dreamed of fighting in The Gloves, to single mothers, to tough kids from Gary, Indiana. The 3 available nights are the preliminary rounds and feature 12 bouts each...so you'll definitely get your moneys worth. Guys - have a boys night, fully loaded with action and plenty of affordable beers! Ladies - come spy on your guys to discover their dark side, and while your at it enjoy the amazing boxing on display and a couple beers!
The tournament is conveniently located at St. Andrews Gym, 1658 West Addison (at Paulina) map, where Simon and Garfunkle famously recorded their iconic song, The Boxer, during the 1974 Golden Gloves Championship bout. In that fight, future Illinois Governor Rod Blajojevich was defeated by South-Side Lefty "Blast" McLang, who flew like an ostrich and hit with a bang. His Southpaw jab was so hot, it sounded like a rifle shot. Blagojevich, who flew like a pelican and wore hair like a wig, couldn't keep up with McLangs echoing blasts, which happened to punctuate the ones in each measure of Simon and Garfunkle's moving chorus. Today, instead of the national anthem, everyone sings the popular refrain "Lai la lai (BANG) Lai la lai lai lai lai lai" from The Boxer at the opening ceremony of the Golden Gloves Championship, in commemoration of that glorious fight.
Even if this never happened (and we're not saying it didn't), Blago, Liston, Clay (Ali), and Louis are all former fighters. And you know you want to see this. You've desperately wanted to attend a boxing match since you cried during the final scene of Rocky IV, where the Russian crowd turns on their countryman, the soulless android boxer Ivan Drago, and roots for the undersized Rocky, chanting "U-S-A...U-S-A!" That boxing match was the single defining moment in the cold war, ushering in Perestroika and a new beautiful era of democratic and peace for Russia! If the passion of boxing can save us all from nuclear winter, imagine the boring night it could save you from on March 19, 20 or 21. I'm imagining that night right now, and it involves drinking Dr. Pepper and playing Mike Tyson's Punchout until you go into a coma (again).
So get your Groupon.
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