BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Alabama has seen a growing interest in boxing over the past few years.
The surge in interest has been steady ever since Olympian Deontay Wilder brought home a bronze medal to Tuscaloosa from the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Now, an Alabama Golden Gloves event in the Birmingham-area is not only raising interest in boxing, but it's also raising money for a good cause.
Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing held an event on Friday that provided athletes and fans of the sport with an opportunity to cheer boxers on to the next level of competition.
The event was held at the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham building.
Deontae Wilder attended the event, not as a participant, but as a spectator.
"I'm the type of guy who likes to give back to the community," Wilder said on Friday. "I like to do things with the kids and get involved with that. I do it from my heart."
Alabama Golden Gloves owner Dave Godber attended the event as well, but it wasn't just a fun boxing match for him.
"It's a boxing competition showcasing our skills," Godber said. "Meanwhile, some of the proceeds are going to benefit UCP and the great work they do with disabled children."
The sponsors of the event enjoyed the privilege of being able to help UCP and showcase amateur boxers who may be taking the next step in their careers.
The event continues on Saturday at 7 p.m. at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham.
More information can be can be found on the Alabama Golden Gloves Tournament website.
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