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Beaver Boxing in Ottawa Ontario

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Beaver Boxing settles into new digs on Spruce Street

It wasn’t long ago that a renowned local gym was stuck without a home. But Beaver Boxing’s year-long search for a new facility paid off in the end, says its president.

The non-profit amateur gym found itself on the ropes after its Carling Avenue location was demolished in December 2009 to make way for an expansion of the Queensway. But the club has since found new space that club president Joe Sandulo is proud to call home.

“We’ve been here, there, and everywhere in Ottawa,” says Sandulo. “Now, I think we have one of the nicest facilities in Ontario.”

The new gym at 145 Spruce Street is just the latest home for the club, which has been an Ottawa institution for over 60 years. Beaver Boxing provides fitness classes for the general public, as well as specialized training under Sandulo and a group of experienced coaches. None, however, has more experience than Sandulo—he fought for Canada at the 1948 Olympics and has coached and mentored boxers since 1950.

The last year has been tumultuous for Beaver Boxing, ever since they were forced to vacate their previous location on Carling Avenue in January 2010. After a space-sharing deal with the Boys & Girls Club fell through at the last second, the club moved most of its equipment into storage and begin renting space from the N-1 Thai Boxing Academy on Preston Street three nights a week. The original plan was for Beaver Boxing to share space for three months while searching for a new home, but the club ended up extending their stay by almost six months.

“It’s hard finding the space you need,” says Jill Perry, the assistant coach of Beaver Boxing Club and a member of the board of directors. “A boxing club doesn’t have to be fancy, but it takes a bit of room, and it’s kind of noisy. A lot of our members are young people, so we wanted [the new space] to be close to public transit. It has to be in a safe environment.”

After examining several locations that didn’t fit the criteria, the members of the Beaver Boxing board of directors found their new location almost entirely by accident. While looking at space in the City Centre complex, one member of the board noticed a nearby rental at 145 Spruce Street.

“I knew right away, the first time I saw it,” says Perry. “I knew for absolute certain that it was the place. If we could get it, this was going to be an awesome gym.”

Beaver Boxing Club took over the space in December 2010, and Perry credits the club’s extensive network of alumni and volunteers with helping to convert the space into a proper gym.

“We just got our team of volunteers working,” says Perry. “Putting the flooring down, hanging up the old posters, painting, setting up the ring—it was a lot of work. You don’t realize how much everything in a gym weighs until you have to move it.”

Perry and Sandulo are volunteers as well, giving countless hours on evenings and weekends to train fighters and shuttle them to tournaments across Ontario. Perry says the Beaver Boxing community makes all the hard work worthwhile, and the new building is just the latest example of what a close-knit community can do.

“Beaver Boxing is an institution,” she says. “Once you’ve been here and done some time, it’s a part of you.”

New location

Beaver Boxing has found a new location Starting December 1st. OVER 5000 square feet. Come Try a FREE class Today.

Monday-Wednesday-Friday
Hours are from 4:30-8:00pm
Class start at 5:30pm- 6:30pm
145 Spruce St. K1R 6P1

For more information contact Joe Sandulo: (613) 798-8067

Welcome to the Club

Beaver Boxing Club

” Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.” – Sugar Ray Leonard

At the Beaver Boxing Club we take pride in teaching the sweet science to both recreational and competitive boxers. We do more than create boxers, we provide an environment in which individuals can grow both physically and mentally. Our coaching staff led by Olympian Joe Sandulo and two time Canadian Champion Jill Perry, take an approach to coaching which has been tested and proven to produce provincial,national, and pro boxers. So whether your aspirations are to become the next world champion or to simply tone up and lose weight, the Beaver Boxing Club is the perfect vessel to achieve your goals. This is to all the Rocky’s of Beaver Boxing Club past and present that believe “they have something left in the Basement”!

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Ottawa Citizen article

An article from the Ottawa Citizen: Sandulo to receive Ontario award at dinner Joe Sandulo, the president and head coach of the Beaver Boxing Club, will be honoured Friday as one of 10 legends of the sport at Boxing Ontario’s 25th anniversary awards dinner in St. Catharines. Sandulo, who has been involved in the sport for 60 years and in 1948 was the youngest boxer to represent Canada at the Olympic Games, was the only unanimous selection from 30 nominations. Sandulo has coached at the Beaver club since 1951, is a member of the Canadian boxing and Ottawa halls of fame, and was selected the Ottawa sportsman of the year in 1979.

Articles about Beaver Boxing coming soon

I’ve been in contact with our local news publications (Ottawa Citizen and Sun) in order to post the articles written about the club. Here is the first in what hopes to be many articles. The Golden Rule of Boxing and Life by Phil Jenkins who was kind enough to send us his article. Thanks Phil!