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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Boxing Bootcamp Day 18 -- Time Constrained History of a Boxing Trainer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 8:45 AM

Not much time to blog about bootcamp this morning (it was typically long, excruciating, satisfying), but if you're interested, here are some links to information about our current instructor, Paul Wade (this is Simon's off week):

GOLDEN GLOVES -- Wade Powers To Title (2001)

This outlines a few of his performances as an amateur (and, more specifically, why he probably should've been fighting as a pro instead). "'He's a ringer,' said former Golden Gloves champion Sheldon Callum, who turned pro last year. 'He should be fighting in open (for those with 10 or more fights). Because you can tell he has a lot of fights. He definitely should be fighting open, or professional. He looks a lot more experienced than other fighters.'"

Climbing off the ropes -- Can a New Generation Spark a Boxing Revival? (2002)

"One local trainer hoping to reverse that trend is Paul Wade. Originally a champion kick boxer from Dublin, Ireland, Wade, 31, is set to open a new boxing-centered gym this summer in Potrero Hill, called Titanium Boxing. Wade, who has trained promising local fighters such as Simon Redmond and Jack Shanas, hopes to draw heavily from the female/white-collar crowd." (We bootcampers fall into that category, apparently)

An Interview with Irvine Welsh (2006)

"I started boxing a bit when I was a kid, and I got right back into it when I was here in San Francisco. My friend Paul Wade has got the 3rd St. Gym, which is the best boxing gym in San Francisco. Paul’s a fantastic trainer and dedicated trainer, and since I was training with him, I just got back into it and I do it all the time now, back in Dublin, back in Edinburgh. I got a gym in Chicago when I’m over there and it’s something you kind of get used to doin’. I couldn’t go back and not do it now."

Boxing Gym in San Francisco Confronts Challenges to Succeed (2005)

"For Simon and Paul, this isn't just any gym. It's a boxing gym. And it's a way of life. Some of 3rd Street Boxing Gym's clients come here to get a different type of workout, others to let off steam or to find redemption in the ring. But the young immigrants don't know how to make their business grow and they don't know multi-millionaire Mark Mastrov is about to help them turn it around. The potential is there. The club has about 115 members bringing in about $12,000 a month. Overhead, rent, utilities and their car total about $4,000 a month. They each take a salary of $1,000 and Paul and Simon pay another $1,000 in wages. Of the $5,000 that's left, $1,500 goes to service a small debt. The rest, they say, goes right back into the gym."

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