There was a time when NYC was the centre of the boxing world and title fights were held at Madison Square Garden. That time is not now. Now there are still serious boxing gyms but now they are more and more populated by professioanl accountants and lawyers aiming to keep fit.
THE professional boxers Gym, Gleason’s, is still there in Brooklyn and the serious boxers still train there but now they also cater to the white colllar set and so this boxing mecca has changed.
There is no shortage of boxing gyms in NYC but if you want to seriously learn how to box don’t go to a gym that has a few bits of boxing equipment. Go to a gym that does boxing and that’s it.
Be clear about what you want to achieve, tell the trainers that and if they don’t take you seriously, walk away. Look at the equipment, check out the memorabilia (good boxing gyms will show the evidence) find out if you can work out on your own or have to have a partner and if you are just starting out whether boxing classes are available because a trainer of your own straight up is expensive.
Church St Boxing gym 25 Park Place has a very good rep, as does Fitness Fight Camp, Central Park West and Coban’s Muay Thai Camp 335 W 35th St.
Add to those Reebok Sport Club 160 Columbus Ave and Ronin Athletics 225 W 36th St. But this is all about personal preferences, good trainers and good equipment. Take recommendations from friends but check it all out and above all be clear about what you want to achieve.