The Time2Grind Boxing Club of Baltimore is at it again. This time the boxing club is sporting the talents of a grade school age boy and a middle school aged girl. Both youngsters recently won National Silver Glove titles after participating in a tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, last month.
BJ Santana Brown, 10, won his second Silver Gloves championship. He also won the same title last year.
Daijah Ruth, 13, is part of the first group of female fighters to compete for the State Silver Gloves title, according to Time2Grind Boxing Club owner and founder Mack Allison. The girls state Silver Gloves tournament was held at Rosecroft Raceway.
Coach Allison credits both boxers for being excellent students and positive role models for their younger peers. Brown fights in the 152-pound category and Ruth fights in the 100-pound girls group.
Brown is the son of Denise Worsley and is a fourth grader at Yorkwood Elementary School. Ruth is the daughter of Denika Glover and Kenneth Glover and is a seventh grader at Loch Raven Technical Academy.
Ray Rodgers, 81, a coordinator for the National Silver Gloves organization in Independence, Missouri says that Ruth's victory is significant, since females have only been competing in Silver Gloves competitions for the past ten years.
The National Silver Gloves Tournament in Missouri included more than 400 fighters from all across the country. The more popular Golden Gloves competition includes fighters from age 18 to 39, while Silver Gloves boxers are between the ages of eight and 14.