In the first amateur boxing championships took place under the Queensberry rules. In the Chicago Tribune started another amateur competition called the Golden Gloves. It grew into a national competition rivaling that of the AAU. Amateur boxing spread rapidly to other countries and resulted in several major international tournaments taking place annually, biennially, or, as in the case of the Olympic Games , every four years.
The championships was first held in Havana , Cuba as a men's only event and the first women's championships was held over 25 years later in The men's and women's competitions are held separately and since the biennial championships have been held in alternating years. As of , weight classes for the men include  :. Boldface denotes active amateur boxers and highest medal count among all boxers including these who not included in these tables per type. As of , weight classes for women are as follows  :. Boldface denotes active boxers and highest medal count among all boxers including these who are not included in these tables per type.
Middleweight Carl Froch, from Nottingham, secured a bronze medal in the same championships after losing in his semi-final to the eventual world champion from Russia, Andrei Gogolev. In , welterweight Neil Perkins won bronze after losing to eventual silver medalist and Belarusian Magomed Nurutdinov, before two years later in Chicago, outstanding technical stylist Frankie Gavin landed a gold medal at lightweight. Two more bronze medals also came our way in Chicago, from bantamweight Joe Murray and light-welterweight Bradley Saunders, making it one of our most successful Worlds to date. The pre-Olympic year of , saw some fine success for three of our would-be London Olympians.
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