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New Bed-Stuy Boxing Center

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Center for boxing and martial arts that trained Riddick Bowe, Mark Breland, Eric Kelly and others

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Institution, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Education

Place Matters Profile

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Boxing Center was started in 1980 to provide a low-cost training facility for boxers, both amateur and professional. Since its founding, the center has trained many award-winning athletes and has served as an important community institution, particularly for local youth.

Until recently New York City was the center of the boxing world. In fact, the first recognized boxing match in the U.S. was held here in 1816. Despite this long tradition, Brooklyn had no facility for training amateur boxers until Lamont Flanagan opened the Bedford-Stuyvesant Boxing Center in 1980. Created as a non-profit, Mr. Flanagan received several small grants to renovate a former bank building in Bedford-Stuyvesant as a gym. He operated the center until 1989 when it closed briefly. It was reopened a year later by Henry "Pepper" Brent, the two-time world champion flyweight.

During its 20-plus year history, the center has trained numerous well-known boxers including...

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Faber, Everett. Interviewed for Place Matters. June 28, 2000

Henican, Ellis. "A Fight for Notes Gym's Life." Newsday, April 4, 1999.

New York Times. "The Last Knockout May Loom at a Popular Boxing Center." July 15, 2001, City Section.

Straker, Mawu. Interviewed by Elena Martinez for Place Matters. July 7, 2000.


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Nominated through the Central Brooklyn Community Focus project.

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