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Fire destroys famed Bronx gym

David Green

David Green

By David Greene

The Morris Park Boxing Club, a community fixture in the Bronx, NY for over 40-years was gutted after an early morning fire on Tuesday. The fire reportedly started in the gym and quickly spread to a pair of apartments above the gym, leaving two families and dozens of fighters preparing for the New York Golden Gloves, without a home for the holidays. FightNews was at the gym on Wednesday morning as trainer and co-owner Aaron “Superman” Davis surveyed the damage and removed anything salvageable. The gym was home to over a 100 professional and amateur fighters, including two-time world title challenger Lou Del Valle and Elvir “Kosovo Kid” Muriqui. Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and owner of the building has estimated the damage at $1 million. DeGuardia has vowed to rebuild the gym and he is working on establishing a trust fund for the victims of fire and for the gym.

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PHOTO 1: A charred heavy-bag lies on the floor of the gutted Morris Park Boxing Club.

PHOTO 2: The gym’s boxing ring was destroyed along with most everything else, including the gym’s gear and equipment.

PHOTO 3: Aaron “Superman” Davis surveys the damage to his gym on Wednesday. The former welterweight champion is a co-owner and a trainer at the gym.

PHOTO 4: A mirror that hung inside the gym was one of the only items not completely destroyed in the blaze.

PHOTO 5: The Morris Park Boxing Club in the Bronx, N.Y., has been training fighters for over forty years.

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