The dames boxers of Gleason’s Gym- a photo essay

Tim Knox visited New Yorks famous Gleasons Gym to photograph some of the six female nature endorses who train there and find out about what motivates them and some of their fellow female regulars at the establishment

In 1982, Bruce Silverglade, in his 30 s at the time, went into partnership with Ira Becker, the second owner of Gleason’s gym. Ira was in his 70 s.

Silverglade replies:” I came from an age where elders were to be respected. I had a great deal of respect for Ira and mostly left the main decisions up to him. During this time, there was a lot of filming at the gym and a lot of the women on the crews wanted to try boxing training. More and more ladies were questioning and Ira refused to allow the status of women to civilize .”

Bruce Bruce Silverglade, owned of the gym and spouse Jo Ellen Van Ouwerkerk, who is a surrealist creator in New York.
Inside the gym at Water Street, Brooklyn.
Ronica Jeffrey is the International Women’s Boxing Federation world super-featherweight champion.
Keisher “Fire” McLeod, current WIBA world champion and four-times Golden Gauntlet endorse, poses in the gym and, below, is helped with her discipline by her collaborator Tayshawn Autry.

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