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TWO SPOTS LEFT To Attend Gleason’s Fantasy Boxing Camp



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Gleason’s Gym boss Bruce Silverglade..

Bruce Silverglade has been bossman at Gleason's Gym, in Brooklyn, for 37 years.

Bruce Silverglade has been bossman at Gleason’s Gym, in Brooklyn, for 37 years.


..has informed NYFights that he has two slots remaining for the Aug. 8-11 fantasy camp session.

This is the 17th iteration of the summer-time experience, and you can hear Silverglade tell listeners of the Everlast “Talkbox” podcast what people who go to the camp can expect.

At 38:37, Silverglade tells of the origin of the camp:

“We were having a tough time paying our bills,” he recalled, “after 2001 (Sept. 11 attack on the city). A lot of people were out of work, a lot of people weren’t using their discretionary money to train in boxing gyms. So I decided I would come up with an old-fashioned fight camp, that we had up in the Catskills, many, many times, and invite people from around the world to spend time with people like Mark Breland, Juan LaPorte, Iran Barkley, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Carlos Ortiz, Emile Griffith, so many good champions..people would come up to the camp, and train with them.”

Then, ten years ago, he started having kids from his Give A Kid A Dream program come to the fantasy camp. Many of these kids really haven’t been able to experience gorgeous nature, the trees and the peaceful vibe of the facility. So, this is a win-win deal. Campers come and have the experience of a life-time, and these kids also get to commune with nature and see a bit beyond that concrete jungle.

“I have a very full camp this year,” he stated, and just two slots remain.



Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.