The Italian American Boxing Awards “A Tale of Emigrants, Culture, Hope and Boxing” at the famous Gleason’s Gym


Owner Bruce Silverglade at Gleason’s Gym, Brooklyn, NY. Photo courtesy of

On June 21, 2015 Gleason’s Gym celebrates the influence boxing has on Italians and Italian-Americans from the 1900s to today.

It was in 1937 that Peter Robert Gagliardi decided to open up a boxing gym that would later create history. Because he lived in a predominantly Irish area of New York, Gagliardi changed his name to Bobby Gleason to gain more credibility. Gleason’s Gym opened and soon became one of the most famous boxing gym in the world, producing a total of 134 World Champions and two Olympic Gold Medal winners. Famous boxers like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson have both trained at Gleason’s. Although the gym originated in the Bronx, it’s moved to Manhattan and is now found in Brooklyn.

The event begins at 7pm with an opening speech, followed by a discussion about the rise of the Italian boxer at 7:30pm. Professor Joseph Perricone from Fordham University kicks off the conference at 8pm. At 8:30pm, a boxing show exhibition between Italian Champions Floriano Pagliara and Francesco Tamburriello is followed by an award ceremony at 9pm.


Venue: Gleason’s Gym, 77 Front St.Brooklyn, NY 11201:  Directions

Date: Sunday, June 21,2015 at 7pm


-Meki Shewangizaw

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