The Morris Park Boxing Club officially re-opens on Monday (Photo courtesy of Star Boxing).
Bronx Gym Suffered Devastating Fire Last December
Last December, nearly 100 young amateur fighters who sought boxing as their way to stay off the streets in the Bronx found themselves without a place to train. The Morris Park Boxing Club was where they turned to prepare themselves for competition, but a devastating fire burnt the facility to the ground. This Monday, they will again have a gym to call their own when the Morris Park Boxing Club officially re-opens.
"It's hard to believe that just a year ago, there was practically nothing at all left in the gym other than the charred corner posts and burned metal frame of the ring,” said Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “Everything inside was completely destroyed."
DeGuardia made significant donations to rebuild the gym when it suffered the heartbreaking fire, and along with a large donation of equipment from Everlast, aspiring young boxers in the Bronx can get back to chasing their dreams of being professional fighters.
"Exactly one year later, we have a brand new beautiful gym, thanks to everyone's hard work and the donation from Everlast,” DeGuardia continued. “Being the fire happened right around Christmas, we felt that it would be a great time to have the grand re-opening and combine it with our first annual holiday party and giveaway. It is our way of expressing our gratitude that no one was injured in the fire and to acknowledge the tremendous community support we have received. We would like everyone from the neighborhood and boxing community to come out and join us at the Morris Park Boxing Club for an enjoyable holiday celebration."
Beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, DeGuardia, Everlast and gym operator Dex Pejcinovic will host the official grand re-opening and holiday party at the gym, which is located at 644 Morris Park Ave in the Bronx. Food and beverages will be served to all attendees, and the event is open to media and everyone the surrounding community.