A new boxing gym is set to open in Over-the-Rhine.
The Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday for its new boxing gym at 1715 Republic St.
Demonstrations and an open house followed after the ceremony, event organizers said.
Buddy LaRosa, Art Neumann and Director of Recreation Chris Bigham were in attendance.
The gym was built at the former site of an indoor CRC pool. The indoor pool sat empty for two years due to leaks and other maintenance issues, according to recreation center officials.
It was repurposed to become the home of the Cincinnati Golden Gloves for Youth and Cincinnati Police Athletic Club. LaRosa is the creator of the program.
"We are beyond thrilled to have this new space. We can now train more youth boxers, in addition to the hundreds we already have," LaRose said in a release. "Our program is much more than boxing - it stresses life skills, such as fair play, sportsmanship, responsible conduct and a commitment to schoolwork."
The renovations to the facility include: a new paint theme, placement of a vintage ring and two side rings, flooring and a ceiling fan. It will also include a new running track and a concession stand.
CRC officials said the vintage center ring once housed matches for Cincinnati fighters such as Aaron Pryor, Ezzard Charles and Joe Louis.