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Chinese National Amateur Boxing Team at Gleason’s Gym

What does the Chinese Olympic Boxing Team and DUMBO have in common? Believe it or not, China got it’s start in Olympic boxing thanks to Gleason’s Gym!

Back in 1989 (see pic above for full effect), China wanted to be represented in boxing at the upcoming 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but had no team and very few in the country who boxed at an amateur level. Looking to change this, the Chinese government sent a group of five athletes with no boxing experience to Gleason’s to train and become boxers.

The team’s arrival in New York back in 1989 was met with great fanfare and even covered in the New York Times. The task of turning these five athletes into boxers was in the capable hands of Gleason’s legendary trainer Al Gavin. After a 15 months of training, the team headed back to China and saw some success at the 1990 Asian Games. Since then, China has boasted gold medalists in the last two Olympics. All thanks to a trip to Gleason’s back in 1989.

Fast forward to November, 2013: The Chinese National Youth Amateur Boxing Team (18-19 year olds) will train and compete at Gleason’s Gym from November 6th through November 25th, including an international boxing showcase on November 17th.

The public is welcome to visit the gym and watch the training in person. Bring a camera and take pictures of the possible future Olympic Gold Medal winners!

Join Gleason’s Gym (77 Front Street) on November 17th and enjoy the excitement of International Amateur Boxing at the highest level as China takes on the NYC Championship Team. There will be eleven bouts scheduled featuring both men and women.

The weigh in for the show will begin at 2:00PM on the 17th and the first bout will begin at 4:00PM. The bouts are sanctioned by USABoxingMetro and follow the International rules of AIBA.

The ticket price is $20 per person. Children 6 and under get in free. All gym members and registered amateurs with their books in hand pay $15 per person.

Can’t make it to the gym for the showcase? No problem! This show will be broadcast live (and free) from: Gleason’s Gym website: or GoFightLive:

Photo of 1989 Chinese Amateur Boxing Team via Gleason’s Gym.