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

Tim Knox called New Yorks far-famed Gleasons Gym to photograph some of the six female nature champs 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 largest owner of Gleason’s gym. Ira was in his 70 s.

Silverglade responds:” I came from an age where elders were to be respected. I had a great deal of respect for Ira and basically 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 gangs wanted to try boxing improve. More and more dames were asking and Ira refused to allow the status of women to civilize .”

Bruce Bruce Silverglade, proprietor of the gym and partner Jo Ellen Van Ouwerkerk, who is a surrealist artist 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 Gloves champ, constitutes in the gym and, below, is helped with her training by her partner Tayshawn Autry.

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