|Pat Barry was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame Sunday night at the LVH in Las Vegas. The event will kick off the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.
Las Vegas resident Pat Barry is not only a noted former professional boxer but he’s also considered a highly-respected boxing coach whose talents was recognized Sunday at the Golden Gloves Hall of Fame’s kickoff to the Men’s National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions slated May 11-17 at the LVH.
Barry, who has been a boxing coach for 34 years, will be inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame at the banquet-dinner. He was selected for the honor by the Golden Gloves of America.
Barry’s stellar record includes coaching several top-notch boxers such as featherweight boxer Augie Sanchez, along with brothers Diego and Jessie Magdaleno.
Under Barry’s leadership, Sanchez was ranked the No. 1 featherweight by the World Boxing Organization. Known as “Kid Vegas,” he knocked out both former world champions Jorge Paez and Luis Espinosa. He also fought for the WBO championship Naseem Hamed in 2001.
Sanchez went on to collect a career record of 28-3 with 25 knockouts.
Diego Magdaleno won the North American Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title in January of 2011. He also fought for the Super Featherweight WBO title in April of 2013.
Barry led Jessie Magdaleno to defeat two-time USA Olympian Rau’shee Warren at the 2009 National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. That same year, Magdaleno won the National Golden Gloves championship in the Bantamweight division in Salt Lake City, Utah.
During his pro boxing career with Barry, Jessie Magdaleno mounted an impressive 17-0 record.
The dinner signaled the start of the prestigious annual tournament each evening in the in the Paradise Event Center.
“I’m thrilled about the honor,” said Barry, who was also named Volunteer Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Boxing in 2006. “None of this would be possible without the support of my wife, Dawn.”
More than 300 boxers converged on LVH for what is considered a huge event that includes major talent in all categories. Formerly presented at the old Las Vegas Convention Center in the 1970s, the Golden Gloves is returning after a long absence.
The Golden Gloves Nationals Tournament of Champions event was held in Las Vegas in 1970 and 2003, while the Junior Golden Gloves was hosted in Las Vegas in 2001.
The event is hosted by Barry’s Boxing Center in Las Vegas with sponsorship from Mayweather Promotions.
Once the Tournament of Champions has been completed, action moves to the CasaBlanca Event Center in Mesquite July 15-19 for the Junior Golden Gloves Championships.
Further information regarding the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions week may be found by visiting www.nationalgoldengloves.com.
Further information regarding the Junior Golden Gloves can be found by visiting www.juniorgoldengloves.com or by calling Barry’s Boxing Center at 702-368-2696.
Golden Gloves history reaches back to the 1920s with a long list of noted champions including Floyd Mayweather (1993, 1994, & 1996) Muhammad Ali (1960), Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler (1973), Thomas Hit Man Hearns (1977) and Oscar De La Hoya (1989).