NORFOLK (WAVY) — The city of Norfolk debuted its new boxing training facility at Harbor Park on Saturday.
The 13,000 square foot facility, which is 10,000 square feet bigger than the old boxing center, has two full-sized rings, twice the number of bags, stadium setting, classrooms and a lounge.
Norfolk has a rich boxing tradition. Sweetpea Whitaker won Olympic gold in 1984 and won multiple world championships. Two Olympic coaches have come through Norfolk’s boxing program as well as nationally ranked fighters.
Now the next generation gets to climb the ranks of the sweet science in a state-of-the-art facility.
“To have the city sponsor this facility for the kids is huge,” said boxing coach Jerry Hart. “It says a lot to the city’s commitment to the youth of Norfolk and that’s what it is really all about.”
Team Norfolk Boxing will begin training at the new center on November 7 as they prepare for upcoming competitions.
“The facility we had before was broken down it wasn’t really in the best neighborhood,” boxer Nasir Cuffee said. “Now we give kids hope that they can become something better.”