Golden Glove Boxing Gym
The West End neighborhood in Cincinnati was filled with energetic, competitive, and fun-loving people. The young boys in town idolized their favorite baseball players and boxers. When they weren’t in class, many children would spectate or play in their own backyard. When they were old enough, and if they had a knack for it, some boys would join up with their fellows to become members of the Golden Glove Boxing Gym located in Cincinnati’s West End. These fighters took great pride in their home town and were motivated by the success of other homegrown legends like Ezzard Charles. Elaine McCreagh specifically remembers her father Smiley Watts (pictured bottom row second from the left) fighting out of the Golden Glove Gym located in the West End. West End residents used the gym to train and build friendships that would last a lifetime.