BROOKLYN — The most iconic boxing gym in the city, Gleason’s, is making a powerful plea to reopen.
Some of the greatest names, from Muhammad Ali to Deontay Wilder, have trained at Gleason’s Gym. The owner is imploring for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to listen to his request.
“The gym started in 1937. It’s the oldest active boxing gym in the country. We’re not just a gym; we’re a training facility,” Gleason’s Bruce Silverglade told PIX11 News.
Siverglade has been advised by many to ask for help.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to says it makes sense and you should be doing it, but I can’t get an authority from the governor’s office to listen to this.”
Gleason’s is currently being lumped of Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.3, which states: “Any gym, fitness centers or classes, and movie theaters shall also cease operation effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020 until further notice.”
Silverglade doesn’t want to reopen his facility to the public. The access to the Brooklyn facility would only be for professional fighters to do individual workouts.
He points out that the Brooklyn Nets, less than five miles away from him, can train under strict guidelines in preparation for the NBA restart and playoffs.
Silverglade believes the same should apply to New York boxers for their upcoming bouts.
“I want someone to listen to my plea and give me an answer. If the answer is no, I’m going to accept. I’m not going to sue anybody,” Silverglade explained. “I think I’m an exception and someone should listen to that.”