March 20, 2014 (NY)–
Mike Productions (IMP) and Gleason’s Gym are joining forces in efforts to
revitalize the New York boxing scene. The world famous gym – located on 77
Front Street in Brooklyn, NY - that once housed a young man who would go on to
become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history will now serve as
headquarters for IMP to recruit local amateur fighters aspiring to enter the
IMP plans to officially open its office doors at its
new location in April.
“The combination of Gleason’s Gym and Mike Tyson is
sure to make an impact in the boxing community,” stated Bruce Silverglade,
owner of Gleason’s Gym, the oldest boxing gym in the United States. “The
Recruitment Center will be a magnet for top prospects from around the world.”
The launching will come right before the semifinal
and final rounds of the 2014 Daily News Golden Gloves, an annual amateur boxing
tournament. The finals will take place April 16–17 at Barclays Center in
Brooklyn. It’s a given that Tyson and his team will be paying close attention
to the results.
“The opening of this recruitment center could not
have come at a better time,” notes Jose Nuñez, a local boxing manager whose
clients include reigning 130 lb. titlist Argenis Mendez, former two-time champ
Joan Guzman and a slew of rising young fighters. “This collaboration will not
only help bring local fighters to the gym, but make them step up their game.
We’re looking for the best fighters of the area to represent our brand in the
pro ranks. When fighters come to Gleason’s, they’ll know they have to bring
their best every time they’re ready to train.”
Nuñez Management will serve as an integral part of
the recruiting process for IMP, given the managers local roots.
The location hits home for Tyson, one of 133
champions (male and female) from past and present to have at one point trained
at Gleason’s Gym. Tyson was born and raised in Brooklyn before being taken in
by Cus D’Amato at age 16, with boxing serving as his lone salvation amidst a
childhood littered with petty crimes, frequent arrests and time spent in reform
Now comes the Hall of Famer’s chance to once again
“Iron Mike Productions is very excited about
establishing our presence in the New York boxing community by partnering up
with Gleason’s Gym,” said Azim Spicer, Vice President of Iron Mike Productions.
“It’s a great opportunity to monitor and assist boxers to strive for their
goals in the amateur and professional ranks.”
Iron Mike Productions (IMP):
Founded in 2013 by CEO Garry Jonas and Hall of Famer
is a full-service boxing promotional
company with offices located in Deerfield Beach, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.
IMP is committed to changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its
fighters' successes, inside the ring and out, throughout their professional
careers and into retirement.
: One of the sport’s
grandest institutions and among the last of New York City’s thriving boxing
gyms, Gleason’s Gym is owned and operated by Bruce Silverglade. Gleason’s has
served as training headquarters for some of the sports biggest legends,
including Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran and Jake LaMotta. All told, more than 130
World Champions have trained inside the hallow walls of the Brooklyn landmark.
Nuñez has been involved in the sport since the late 1990’s before forming and
serving as CEO of Nuñez Management in 2006. The New York-based manager, whose
company also manages several notable music acts, has guided four fighters to
world championships to date, including reigning 130 lb. champ Argenis Mendez
and former two-division champion Joan Guzman. Both fighters still serve under
the managerial banner, along with a trio unbeaten prospects – junior
welterweight Felix Diaz, who captured Olympic gold for the 2008 Dominican
Repbulic boxing squad, light heavyweight Lenin Castillo, and junior
middleweight Dominique Dolton – among several other rising prospects from the
U.S. and Dominican Republic.