Ramos Visits the Amateur Boxers
at Grand Avenue Gym Story/Photos by Sue TL Fox
November 21, 2010 Flash Photo Slideshow
(NOV 21) On Friday night at the Grand
Avenue Gym, in Portland, Oregon, President of the Retired Boxers
Foundation, and former top amateur/pro boxer and GBU Global
Representative, ALEX RAMOS paid a special visit to this gym to meet up
with the amateurs boxers and gym owner/manager Fred Ryan.
Fred Ryan (left) Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos (right)
The gym has a variety of boxing equipment
from punching/speed bags, boxing ring, heavy tires to help boxers
work on conditioning and balance, mirrored walls to work on the skills of shadow boxing..and
On the walls of the
gym, there are old photos, posters of boxers/events, and other
interesting memorabilia donning the walls.
On Friday night, there were many male amateur boxers and one female
amateur who were training in the gym.
I spoke to many of the amateurs who said that they were in training from
one month up to about 2-3 years of training as an amateur. These young
fighters were very impressive with not only their skill levels----but
for the tenacity of how they approached working out in the gym.
14-year old female amateur boxer (Mega)
Mega, only 14 years old, the only female
boxer in the gym at the time when I was there, told me that she has been
training for about 5-6 months, and that she would like to get into
fighting as an amateur soon. I asked Mega how she was inspired to take
up boxing, and she asked me if I had ever seen the movie "Rocky"...which
is what had been a movie that struck up her interest. I then asked Mega
if she had ever been on the WBAN website, and she said that she had
not....so I took that opportunity to tell her that it was a place on the
net that covered women's boxing, and that she should go on it to learn
about all the other talented women boxers in the sport. I then gave Mega
a WBAN patch to place on her boxing gear. She is definitely a young
female boxer to keep an eye out for---she trains very hard and early on
is displaying some impressive moves in boxing!
There were some very interesting male amateur boxers in the gym, with
all of them in their teens and mostly newer amateurs that had not been
in any tournament as of yet. They all had a different story as to why
they had taken up boxing---some going in there to increase their
athletic abilities for other sports they were involved in...to taking up
boxing to trim off some weight...and others that just wanted to see if
boxing was going to be something they wanted to do.
Ben preparing for his amateur fight on November 20th.
I was especially impressed with one male
boxer, by the name of Ben, who has been in boxing for 2-3 years and has
had four amateur bouts. Ben was set to fight on Saturday night in an
amateur tournament that was taking place in Beaverton, Oregon. Ben was
very quick, and moved nicely when he shadowed boxed.
Visiting Grand Avenue Gym was a very enjoyable and learning experience.
Ramos and I would like to thank Fred Ryan, for allowing us the
opportunity to visit the amateurs while they were training this night.