Morris Park Boxing Club faces possible closure as result of pandemic

A popular Bronx boxing gym may have to hang up its gloves unless it can reopen soon.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2020, 11:20 PM

Updated 1,394 days ago

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A popular Bronx boxing gym may have to hang up its gloves unless it can reopen soon. 
Morris Park Boxing Club’s current owner and former WBA welterweight champ Aaron “Superman” Davis says he has been trying to keep his head above water all while trying to keep his gym afloat. 
“We can't even work out. I feel bad for my trainers because this is their job, this is what they do,” said Davis. 
Since March, the gym was forced to close its ring because of COVID-19. Trainer Jormill Colomba Rodriguez says the club has kept him on the straight and narrow, avoiding the temptations of the streets. 
At just 18 years old, he holds two amateur titles. “I got my life together. I'm in college. I learned discipline, won two championships,” said Rodriguez. 
However, now Rodriguez says the pandemic has left his friends with lots of free time. He says the boxing gym is needed to keep their hands busy and their feet grounded. 
“This gym keeps them focus. If the kids aren't here, they are going to be on their block,” said Rodriguez. 
Davis says he owes at least $50,000 in back rent that he hopes to work out with his landlord. Meanwhile, he says his staff will continue to train members at local parks until the city gives the club the green light to take the ring again.
 


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