On May 21, 2016 – West Philly native Atif Oberlton cemented his name in the local amateur boxing history books by winning the prestigious 2016 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah. With the win, the 17-year-old southpaw becomes the youngest Pennsylvania amateur to ever bring home the national title in his weight class.
In a tournament that consisted of top amateurs from around the country, Atif cleaned out a division of grown men over the course of five days. The tournament concluded with the Shulers Gym representative boxing a 5-0 shut out over the highly regarded Shavere Staton, a 25-year-old from Paterson, New Jersey to win the nations 178 pound championship.
While this is an outstanding achievement, Oberlton’s trainer Eugene “Chip” Hart tells us that they will keep it moving. A couple of top-level professional promoters are now showing interest in signing a fighter we first featured as a rising 15-year-old hopeful looking to make a name in the sport.
While it is nice to be noticed, winning Olympic gold seems to be the long term goal for Team Oberlton. The next stop for this group is the Ringside World Champions tournament which will take place July 27-30 in Independence, MO.
Congrats to Atif and Chip on such a great accomplishment. My research team is still looking to find a younger fighter from anywhere in the country to win the Nationals!