Gloves for Grades 

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Gloves For Grades charity event at the Marquette Rec Center in South St Louis. This event was titled the “Jamilah Nasheed Classic” due to its sponsorship by the State Senator.

Gloves  For Grades is the brainchild of 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray. A former amateur boxer himself Murray seeks to use the sport of boxing to promote both academic achievement and staying off the streets. A number of local gyms participated in the event along with gyms from as far away as Indiana. 

Presently Murray is trying to close in on a building for the program and is looking to hold another show and fundraiser this summer so stay tuned. 

Below are some videos of a couple of the bouts. The victorious fighters in both of these bouts are coached by St Louis boxing hall-of-famer Keith Abdul-Qawi. 

Marty Murray, Umar Lee in the middle, and labor-activist Kevin Fitzgerald with the famous stache.


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