Happy bronze medal anniversary Kenny Gould
Rockford Auburn graduate and current UPS employee Kenny Gould is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his Bronze Medal in boxing at the Seoul Summer Games.
Members of that 1988 U.S. boxing team - which includes such stars as Roy Jones and Riddick Bowe and Michael Carbajal - are holding a reunion during the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend on August 18.
Cliffbreakers, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., is hoosting a "Cheers to 30 Years" fundraiser on July 27 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to celebrate Gould's accomplishments and help him offset the costs of the weekend.
The cost is $20. You can call Tommy Meeks at 815-218-2861 for more information or to buy tickets. Angel Martinez, another Auburn graduate who has a good chance of being our next Olympian, will be a special guest.
Gould is a member of three Halls of Fame. He was a part of Auburn's inaugural Hall of Fame Class. He was added to the RPS Hall of Fame in 2016. And he was added to the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.
Gould was one of the best amateur boxers in the United States in the 1980s. He won a Golden Gloves title and World Amateur Championship before winning the bronze medal. He turned professional and recorded a 26-2 record, including winning an IBO welterweight title in 1993 before retiring essentially because bigger name fighters wouldn't fight him. Gould now is an auditor at UPS in Rockford.