The Top Boxing Clubs/Athletic Facilities in San Diego

The standards will be high as we select San Diego's Top 10 Boxing Gyms.

From the looks of this over the top presentation, it appears our standards are extremely high and we pressed forward without giving a thought to how much money we would be spending. Just look at the graphics (left), and the two people on the right who we chose to back up our claims. Since we figured the use of Mao Se Tiung image might be a bit over the top, we decided to go with the former President and First Lady for our imbecable endorsement/validation.   as we now put San Diego’s Top Boxing Gyms, Muaythai and Kickboxing, MMA, Taekwondo, JuiJitsu gyms through our unequaled vetting process.

We often see these schemes advertising on the Internet, in magazines, newspapers and TV subjecting the public to a claim that they alone have judiciously ranked the different businesses in a certain impartial way that their impartial findings are not only exacting,full proof. As you and I know, that’s a bunch of hogwash because the needs of each reader/consumer are different. Truth be known, most of those surveys hinge on the size of the participant’s advertising budget. Therefore, it should come as no surprise the number one hair salon or number one restaurant is also the magazine’s biggest advertiser. The goal of this article and our website is the undisputable truth iso you can select that gym and hopefully make it work for your needs.

Just as in the NFL, owners and trainers of gyms or a boxing team can change and the gym that once suited your needs has suddenly taken a turn for the worse, go from being your favorite, to being just like any other gym. In no particular order, it’s time to put our local boxing gyms under the microscope.

Priority number one is having a stouthearted, persistent coach. Seek out a task master who you can relate to. A trainer who is constantly pushing you to achieve your goals. If he or she is absent, there has to be a back up of comparable ability.

Question to be answered: Is the coach’s schedule convenient with your schedule. Is the gym centrally located to your home, work or near a place where you can run? Which coach teaches the most technically sound methods? Are their goals, the same as your goals? Is he or she interested in your cardiovascular fitness? Is he or she interested in your defined muscular strength or skill set? How will he or she develop your sharp reflexes? Are they just interested in my grit, my brawling tactics?

It won't be easy for the newcomers like Spring Valley's One Training Center. On Saturday, September 19th, they celebrated their Grand Opening.

It’s never easy for the newcomers like Spring Valley’s One Training Center. On Saturday, September 19th, they celebrated their Grand Opening which came less than six months after the RSD Boxing Club opened their doors.


Which gym do you choose? Realizing that boxing is not for the coddled, ask yourself, “Which gym exhibits the best strategy to push me to become the best? Regarding the availability of workout equipment, are they readily the same? What are the positive aspects of training at this gym or that gym? What are the negative aspects of training at this or that gym?”

Which gym/instructors have the best track record over the past five years in regards to the most boxers competing at the highest level? Though it’s rare when local fighters face each other, on August 27, 2015, Ulises Sierra from The Arena defeated the veteran Alfredo Contreras from the Marron Boxing Camp in Lakeside. On January 27, 2012, Adrian Vargas of The Arena (12-0-1) fought Emmanuel Robles (13-0-1, 3 KOs) of Old School Boxing. The contest ended in a draw. In their first meeting, as Amateurs, Jorge “Tito” Ruiz of Undisputed Downtown by way of the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista, defeated Prince “Tiger” Smalls of the San Diego Combat Academy. They’re now in serious talks about a rematch.

We often see certain gyms dominating the competition in our local USA Amateur shows. With their connections in the sport, it’s not unusual to see the Molina brothers, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Josesito Lopez sparring at the House of Boxing, which is the home gym of Antonio Orozco, Armando Tovar and it’s owner David Barragan. A few weeks ago, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker and Antonio DeMarco were sparring at the Bound Boxing Academy, the home gym of Amaris Quintana and two time Jr. Olympic Champion Andrea Medina. Just last week, Antonio Margarito visited the National City CYAC. That’s what you call “street cred.”

Boxing gyms often get pushed around by big business. The Undisputed Fitness Gym of North Park had to move three times but it appears they've found the ideal spot. The local bus route stops at their front door - 4151 University Ave. Undisputed

Boxing gyms often get pushed around by big business. The Undisputed Fitness Gym of North Park had to move twice in less than a year. It appears they’ve finally found the ideal spot. The local bus stops at their front door – 4151 University Ave. Over the years, they’ve been blessed to have some of the best instructors in all of the fighting sports.


At this point in time, why not revisit the high standards established by the National City CYAC and the many forebears like the now defunct Barrio Station, Chris Getz’s Black Tiger Gym, Irish Billy Murphy’s downtown Spud Murphy Boxing Gym and Mark Dion’s City Boxing. They built a lasting reputation by spawning many of the area’s top boxers and trainers. Also, we must take into consideration those trainers who were able to take the less than gifted athlete and make them into a champion. This will be a daunting task and it begins today, Monday, September 21, 2015 with our first visit to The Arena gym in Point Loma.

There are currently 51 local gyms where teaching the Sport of Boxing is on the menu. Which of the following will fail to make the grade, make our’s Top 10?

ABC Youth Foundation Mongoose Boxing

3131 Market St., San Diego

Alliance Training Center

795 Third Ave., Chula Vista

Alliance Training Center in East County

Industrial Park, Lakeside, Calif.

Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center

8623 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego

Azteca Warriors Boxing Club

179 Diza Rd, San Ysidro

Black House Team Nogueira

7550 Miramar Road, San Diego

Body by Discipline

7865 Broadway, Lemon Grove

Bound Boxing Academy

457 Broadway, Chula Vista

Chula Vista Boxing Gym

1685 Precision Park Lane, San Ysidro, Calif.

City Boxing

1059 14th St., San Diego

C-MAC BPS Gym home of Mercito Gesta

Activity Rd, San Diego

CYAC (National City Community Youth Athletic Center)

1018 National City Blvd., National City

Encinitas Boxing & Fitness

613 Westlake St, Encinitas

Gladiator School of MMA & Boxing

10793 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley

Global Fighting Legion

871 Harold Place, Chula Vista

Golden Hands Boxing

1st Ave., Chula Vista

House of Boxing Training Center

2304 Reo Drive, San Diego

Imperial Boxing USA

2902 Marcy Ave., San Diego

Intensity MMA & Fitness

3127 Beyer Blvd., South San Diego

La Jolla The Boxing Club

8650 Genesee Ave., San Diego

Legacy Training Center

1304 North Santa Fe Ave., Vista

Marron Boxing Camp

11259 El Nopal Rd., Lakeside, Calif.

Max Impact Boxing

2221 South El Camino Real, Oceanside

Maxwell’s Boxing Club

7090 Miramar Road, San Diego

Nevarez Boxing Team

2128 Thibodo Court, Vista, Calif.

North County Boxing Gym in North

2288 County Creek Rd., San Marcos, Calif.

Old School Boxing

El Cajon Blvd., San Diego

One Training Center

2705 Via Orange Way, Spring Valley

Pacific Training Center

5755 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla

Republic Training Center/American Boxing

1735 Garnett Ave. Pacific Beach

Rhino’s Boxing and Fitness

1411 South Sante Fe, Vista, Calif.

RSD Boxing Club

3515 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley

San Diego Athletic Academy

4680 Market St., San Diego

San Diego Combat Academy

Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa

San Diego Combat Academy

6008 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego

The Arena

3350 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma

The Compound I, II in the North

Escondido & Oceanside, Calif.

The Pride of San Diego Boxing Gym

Bonita Road, Bonita

Tiger Smalls Boxing

Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego

UFC Gym Carlsbad

2622 S. El Camino Real, Carlsbad

UFC Gym Jackson Drive

7349 Jackson Drive, San Diego

UFC Gym Mission Valley

5448 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

UFC Gym Point Loma

4030 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego

UFC Gym San Marcos

314 S Twin Oaks Valley, San Marcos

UFC Gym Spring Valley

9679 Campo Road, Spring Valley, Calif.

Undisputed Fitness El Cajon

117 E. Main St., El Cajon

Undisputed Fitness

16th and K Streets, San Diego

Undisputed Fitness

4151 University Ave., San Diego

United Boxing & Fitness

3800 Main St., Chula Vista 

Valor Fight Club, Barrio Logan

Victory MMA & Fitness in Center City

3666 Midway Drive, Point Loma

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