We often see these advertising schemes where a magazine or newspaper, a TV Station or website will subject the public to a claim that they have judiciously ranked businesses as far as their superiority or popularity through an impartial survey. Truth be known, most of these surveys hinge on the size of the participant’s advertising budget. Therefore, it should come as no surprise the number one hair salon or number one restaurant is also one of that magazine’s biggest advertisers. The goal of this article and our following articles is to share information, the indisputable truth, in regards to which gym in San Diego County is right for you.
Just as in the NFL, owners and trainers of gyms or boxing teams change and the gym that once suited your needs, can suddenly take a turn for the better or worse; go from being your favorite, to being just like any other gym. In no particular order, it’s time to put our local boxing gyms under the microscope.
Priority number one is having a stouthearted, persistent coach. A task master who you can relate to; one who is constantly pushing you to achieve your goals. If he or she is absent, there has to be a back up of comparable ability.
Question to be answered: Is the coach’s schedule convenient with your schedule. Is the gym centrally located to your home, work or near a place where you can run? Which coach teaches the most technically sound methods? Are their goals, the same as your goals? Is he interested in my cardiovascular fitness? Is he more interested in my defined muscular strength? How will he develop my sharp reflexes? Is he only interested in my grit, my brawling tactics?
Realizing that boxing is not for the coddled, which gym exhibits the best methods to push me to become the best? Regarding the availability of workout equipment, are they readily available? Ask yourself, ‘What are the positive aspects of training at this particular gym? What are the negative aspects of training at this particular gym?’
Which gym has the best track record over the past five years in regards to the most boxers competing at the highest level? Though it’s rare when local fighters face each other, on August 27, 2015, Ulises Sierra from The Arena defeated the veteran Alfredo Contreras from the Marron Boxing Camp in Lakeside. On January 27, 2012, Adrian Vargas of The Arena (12-0-1) fought Emmanuel Robles (13-0-1, 3 KOs) of Old School Boxing. The contest ended in a draw. In their first meeting, as Amateurs, Jorge “Tito” Ruiz of Undisputed Downtown by way of the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista, defeated Prince “Tiger” Smalls of the San Diego Combat Academy. They’re now in serious talks about a rematch.
We often see certain gyms dominating the competition in our local USA Amateur shows. With their connections in the sport, it’s not unusual to see the Molina brothers, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Josesito Lopez sparring at the House of Boxing, which is the home gym of Antonio Orozco, Armando Tovar and it’s owner David Barragan. A few weeks ago, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker and Antonio DeMarco were sparring at the Bound Boxing Academy, the home gym of Amaris Quintana and two time Jr. Olympic Champion Andrea Medina. Just last week, Antonio Margarito visited the National City CYAC. That’s what you call “street cred.”
At this point in time, why not revisit the high standards established by the National City CYAC and the many forebears like the now defunct Barrio Station, Chris Getz’s Black Tiger Gym, Irish Billy Murphy’s downtown Spud Murphy Boxing Gym and Mark Dion’s City Boxing. They built a lasting reputation by spawning many of the area’s top boxers and trainers. Also, we must take into consideration those trainers who were able to take the less than gifted athlete and make them into a champion. This will be a daunting task and it begins today, Monday, September 21, 2015 with our first visit to The Arena gym in Point Loma.
There are currently 51 local gyms where teaching the Sport of Boxing is on the menu. Which of the following will fail to make the grade, make our SportofBoxing.com’s Top 10?
ABC Youth Foundation Mongoose Boxing
3131 Market St., San Diego
Alliance Training Center
795 Third Ave., Chula Vista
Alliance Training Center in East County
Industrial Park, Lakeside, Calif.
Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center
8623 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego
Azteca Warriors Boxing Club
179 Diza Rd, San Ysidro
Black House Team Nogueira
7550 Miramar Road, San Diego
Body by Discipline
7865 Broadway, Lemon Grove
Bound Boxing Academy
457 Broadway, Chula Vista
Chula Vista Boxing Gym
1685 Precision Park Lane, San Ysidro, Calif.
1059 14th St., San Diego
C-MAC BPS Gym home of Mercito Gesta
Activity Rd, San Diego
CYAC (National City Community Youth Athletic Center)
1018 National City Blvd., National City
Encinitas Boxing & Fitness
613 Westlake St, Encinitas
Gladiator School of MMA & Boxing
10793 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley
Global Fighting Legion
871 Harold Place, Chula Vista
Golden Hands Boxing
1st Ave., Chula Vista
House of Boxing Training Center
2304 Reo Drive, San Diego
Imperial Boxing USA
2902 Marcy Ave., San Diego
Intensity MMA & Fitness
3127 Beyer Blvd., South San Diego
La Jolla The Boxing Club
8650 Genesee Ave., San Diego
Legacy Training Center
1304 North Santa Fe Ave., Vista
Marron Boxing Camp
11259 El Nopal Rd., Lakeside, Calif.
Max Impact Boxing
2221 South El Camino Real, Oceanside
Maxwell’s Boxing Club
7090 Miramar Road, San Diego
Nevarez Boxing Team
2128 Thibodo Court, Vista, Calif.
North County Boxing Gym in North
2288 County Creek Rd., San Marcos, Calif.
Old School Boxing
El Cajon Blvd., San Diego
One Training Center
2705 Via Orange Way, Spring Valley
Pacific Training Center
5755 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla
Republic Training Center/American Boxing
1735 Garnett Ave. Pacific Beach
Rhino’s Boxing and Fitness
1411 South Sante Fe, Vista, Calif.
RSD Boxing Club
3515 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley
San Diego Athletic Academy
4680 Market St., San Diego
San Diego Combat Academy
Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa
San Diego Combat Academy
6008 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego
3350 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma
The Compound I, II in the North
Escondido & Oceanside, Calif.
The Pride of San Diego Boxing Gym
Bonita Road, Bonita
Tiger Smalls Boxing
Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego
UFC Gym Carlsbad
2622 S. El Camino Real, Carlsbad
UFC Gym Jackson Drive
7349 Jackson Drive, San Diego
UFC Gym Mission Valley
5448 Mission Center Rd, San Diego
UFC Gym Point Loma
4030 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego
UFC Gym San Marcos
314 S Twin Oaks Valley, San Marcos
UFC Gym Spring Valley
9679 Campo Road, Spring Valley, Calif.
Undisputed Fitness El Cajon
117 E. Main St., El Cajon
16th and K Streets, San Diego
4151 University Ave., San Diego
United Boxing & Fitness
3800 Main St., Chula Vista
Valor Fight Club, Barrio Logan
Victory MMA & Fitness in Center City
3666 Midway Drive, Point Loma