Bridgeport Boxing Club

Lord of the Ring

The New Boxing Gym in Bridgeport

None —Chase a chicken around an alley.

—Whale mercilessly on sides of beef.

—Run the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

All are proven, rock-solid paths to becoming a better boxer.

But this seems just a whole lot easier: join Bridgeport Boxing Club, which opens Tuesday.

The couple behind this venture is your usual Rocky-and-Adrian kind of duo. He’s a 7-and-1 pro boxer and a Golden Gloves champ who goes by the name Frankie “Time Bomb” Scalise. He learned his skills growing up on the mean streets of Bridgeport. And she’s... a dental hygienist. We assume she learned that in a college or something.

Anyway, what they’re offering you is all the benefits of a 3,000-square-foot training facility. To your right, you’ll find dumbbells. To your left, heavy bags. In the center, cardio boxing and jujitsu. In the back, a regulation-size boxing ring. Everywhere else: all the Ali and Tyson posters the World Boxing Association allows. (Which is quite a lot, actually.)

Now, when it comes to not-so-silent encouragement, Frankie asks that you not be offended if, say, a trainer comes over and gives you couple of quick pointers on your speed bag technique.

No, he’s not played by Burgess Meredith.


Bridgeport Boxing Club
3411 S Halsted St
(between 34th and 35th)
Chicago, IL, 60608

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