There’s a good chance that if this article has piqued your interest, then you’ve probably had Rocky-inspired dreams of joining a boxing Gym, meeting a grumpy old trainer, and sparring and half-marathon-ing your way to a World Championship.
This isn’t 1970s Philadelphia though. Boxing is a different sport, and as is the way with just about any sport, takes time, dedication and money not just to get good at, but to get into in the first place.
You may as well get the most out of your money (along with a fat lip or two along the way), by picking any one of Sydney’s finest boxing gyms, you will.
Gairy St Clair Boxing Fitness
Gairy St Clair Boxing has only been open for a couple of months, running not only everyday boxing cardio classes, but also training the next wave of legit fighters. Nestled away in an inconspicuous 2nd story location in the heart of the Sutherland Shire, the pedigree it has is upper-crust. The gym was opened and is run by Gairy “Superman” St Clair, former IBF World Junior-Lightweight and IBF World Super Featherweight Champion. You can’t argue with that.
60 Gymea Bay Road, 2232 Kirrawee
As far as general combat gyms go, Boxing Works has been a mainstay across Sydney’s busiest inner-city areas for a good while now. Offering both lunch-time classes and proper boxing training for those looking to get into amateur/pro fighting, Boxing Works has also established a solid rep for training MMA, BJJ and Ju Jutsu. These guys also have locations in Kings Cross, Surry Hills and Glebe.
74 – 84 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
Corporate Fitness Centre
We’d be mad to leave this off the list, as it’s easily the best way for any everyday joe to get their chance at a proper fight night feeling.
As part of the overall Corporate Fitness Centre, the Corporate Fighter program is an intense 12-week boxing program that’s aimed at giving everyone who signs up a proper fight at one of their bi-monthly Corporate Fighter events.
The entire thing is run by pro trainers, and you have the option to continue your training after the program is complete. The best part? It’s all for charity.
36-38 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
Tszyu Boxing Academy
Kosta Tszyu hasn’t stopped being a prominent figure in the Australian boxing scene just yet, and Rockdale’s Tszyu Boxing Academy is generally regarded as one of the places to train if you want a proper old-school boxing experience.
While they do seem to run fitness classes and the like, fight training is also offered. Tszyu’s own son also trains there, and now has a 2-0 record including a fight at the SCG.
9 Ador Ave, Rockdale
White Collar Boxing
Another boxing gym aimed at Sydney’s businessmen, White Collar Boxing uses a similar method of training and teaching to Corporate Fitness Center.
All training is done with the aim of entry into one of White Collar Boxing’s regular fight nights, overseen by established boxing coach and master personal trainer Simon Mitchell.
14 Carter Road, Brookvale
Now over a decade old, Bodypunch has been the leading boxing gym in Sydney’s not-too-Inner West. Established by Billy Hussein, former head trainer at Jeff Fenech’s Team Fenech gym, Bodypunch has trained 3 world champions since its opening. Hussein himself has also trained Danny Green and Vic Darchinyan. Quite the resume.
Level 3 71/75 Wangee Road, Lakemba
Honestly, as silly as it sounds putting the PCYC down on this list, the reputation that it has for developing young boxers is almost unrivalled.
A host of state & national champs have been developed under the PCYC program since its inception over 80 years ago, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. Easily the most cost effective way to get into the sport seriously, plus you’ll be helping out with the entire Youth Club donation thing, which will at least get you karmic points on the judge’s scorecard.
Various locations throughout Sydney