Jose Delva, owner of Willis Avenue Boxing Gym in The Bronx, was nice enough to let me in to shoot some photos during off-hours.
There’s a lot of crossover here, as you can see the large posters of Jackie Chan amongst the pugilist images. Many boxers, including Muhammad Ali, have also trained in various forms of martial arts, and vice-versa. And who can forget the memorable scene in Bruce Lee’s Return of the Dragon, where, while fighting Chuck Norris in the Roman Coliseum, the Little Dragon begins to do a very Ali-style boxing dance.
Delva’s gym has turned out some Golden Gloves champions already, and he’s looking to expand. The gym is located right in the heart of The Bronx.
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