This time last year Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather collided in the biggest fight in combat sports history, grossing over $700 million. While some questioned the merit of an MMA star taking on (arguably the best ever) boxer, what can’t be denied is it put bums in seats. As did last weekend’s YouTube boxing event featuring online stars KSI and Logan Paul that generated a reported £150million.
Boxing in Dubai has never been so popular and a new gym is already booking in extra classes to cope with demand. “We opened in February, I picked up boxing personally around three years ago and I met an investor whose son boxes and we talked about opening a gym in Dubai,” says Managing Director of Real Boxing Only Michelle Kuehn. “Boxing changed my life and we want to do that for others. It made me fitter, sharper mentally and more energetic. I really want to introduce boxing to females who haven’t tried it. Boxing brings out a side to people that not everyone knows is within them.”
“We’ve got fitness classes and boot camps on the upper level of the gym, and our four pro boxers train downstairs. It can be intimidating if you’re a novice coming into a gym with professional fighters but we’ve made it a gym where everyone feels comfortable”, Kuehn tells Sport360.
The gym runs boxing fitness classes for those just looking to get in shape and boxing technique classes, which are the most popular, for those taking boxing more seriously. Single classes are priced at AED70 or monthly passes for unlimited classes and gym access cost AED499. AED50 gets you a day pass where you can use the facilities as you please.
“We are very active on social media,” says Kuehn. “We post real, unedited videos which have reached a lot of people. Boxing is growing in the region and we have shows coming up in Dubai. We want to create a boxing culture where youngsters can grow up with the sport and compete on more amateur shows.”
What: Real Boxing Only Gym (RGB LLC)
When: Daily classes
Where: Warehouse 37, 8th Street, behind Times Square Mall
Contact: +971 (0)4 272 7774. Email: [email protected] Instagram: @realboxingonly
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