Meet The Centennial Hall of fame class

On Friday, April 14, 2023, the inaugural class of living legends was inducted into the Chicago Golden Gloves Hall of Fame.

In the truest spirit of our great tradition, these men came from humble beginnings and literally fought their way to greatness. They've honored their families, the Chicago Golden Gloves community, indeed all of boxing, and beyond.

Click on the image to watch the presentation:

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dr. glenn bynum

Dr. Glenn Bynum


Since 1968, Chicago Golden Gloves ringside physician. Read more & watch his testimonial HERE.

Kent Green

Kent Green 1958

1958 Heavyweight Champion

"Talking boxing with Kent Greene, the man who once TKO’d a young fighter named Cassius Clay," via Rick Kogan for the Chicago Tribune, April 9, 2023.

Read it here.

nick petrecca

Nick Petrecca 1963

1963 Featherweight Champion
1963 National Golden Gloves Champion
1964 Featherweight Champion

Boxing historian Sean Curtin said Nick was perhaps "the greatest featherweight to ever come out of Chicago." Read more & watch his testimonial HERE.

frank steele

Frank Steele

1965 Heavyweight Champion
1966 Heavyweight Champion
1967 Heavyweight Champion
1968 Heavyweight Champion

Gary has another great "Man of Steele." Read more & watch his testimonial HERE.

billy boy thompson

Billy Boy Thompson


1970 Heavyweight Champion
1972 Heavyweight Champion

Joliet's Billy Boy didn't have to be a boxer. Read more & watch his testimonial HERE.

fred houpe

Fred Houpe


1969 Heavyweight Champion
1973 Heavyweight Champion

Known as "Young Sanford," read more about him HERE.

Tim Adams

Tim Adams


1972 Lightweight Champion
1973 Lightweight Champion

The son of a champion, read more & watch his testimonial HERE.

frank smith

Frank Smith

1973 Flyweight Champion
1974 Bantamweight Champion
1975 Featherweight Champion

He returned to the projects a champion to mentor kids. Read more & watch his testimonial HERE.

Bill heglin

Bill Heglin


For nearly 50 years, Bill Heglin has been coaching & mentoring kids at Hamlin Park. Learn more HERE.