So I was driving today and passed the old Joe Frazier‘s gym. I had to pull over and take a photo. Unfortunately the gym closed down before my time. Who trained here back in the day?
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Today it operates as a furniture outlet. Maybe one day it will be restored to its previous glory.
These old structures on North Broad street are still amazing…
On Saturday, February 20, 2016 a ceremony was held at the Kendrick Recreation Center in Roxborough to honor former Philly boxing great Harold Johnson by officially renaming the recs pugilistic training area to the Harold Johnson Memorial Boxing Gym.
The crowd of roughly 100 people consisted mostly of family and friends from Johnson’s native Manayunk along with former World Champion Nate “Mr.” Miller, promoter Brittany “BAM” Rogers and members of the boxing media. Unfortunately there were no active boxers present for this momentous occasion.
The event also included speeches from 4th district Councilman Curtis Jones, and local coaches Bernie Strain, and Joe Mathis Sr.
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The Front Street Gym had a reunion of sorts this past Saturday night bringing together past and current members for a benefit to help keep one of Philly’s oldest and most storied gyms strong.
People from all over came to show their support and also have a fun night talking about the good old days. A few of the Front Street Gym’s legends stepped into the ring for one last fight for the boys. From Joey Eye starting off the night showing he still has a lot of scrap left in him to former champion Buster Drayton needing his best sparring moves to avoid ol’ Franky O’Neal’s heavy rights, everyone seemed to really enjoy the night. It got pretty tough in there but Mike McCarney was in charge as the referee and kept order all night long.
The gym is best known for it’s boxing but it also has a small yet, very nice memorabilia stand in the corner. For $15 you can get framed pictures of warriors like James J. Braddock, John O’Sullivan & Tito Trinidad to name a few along with T-Shirts and other boxing items.
Overall, it was a very good night where the old came back to help keep the young strong. The night was put together by Front Street Gym mainstay Frank Cubek and many others who call Clearfield street their headquarters. Enjoy these few pictures I took. For professional shots, try emailing firstname.lastname@example.org who was also there taking pictures.
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