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Inside 5th Street Gym (1960’s)

It’s not where you are start but where you finish that counts!! This was Cassius Clay’s (Muhammad Ali) main gym throughout his career. ? 5th Street gym was actually a rat infested termite ridden gym at the corner of Washington Avenue & Fifth Street. To get there you had to enter a door next to […]

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) at the gym.

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) inside gym

Why waste time? Cassius Clay was just 18 when he traveled by train from Louisville Kentucky to Miami Beach. It was December 19, 1960 and Angelo Dundee (trainer at 5th Street Gym) told him to wait until after Christmas but Cassius insisted on coming down immediately. Hank Kaplan (boxing historian in Miami beach) recalls the […]

Cassius Clay’s first meeting with Angelo Dundee (boxing trainer)

Cassius Clay with Angelo Dundee

1958 was Cassius Clay’s (Muhammad Ali) first meeting with Angelo Dundee. It was suppose to be a brief introduction about 5 minutes; they talked for about 3 1/2 hours and became lifelong friends. Angelo Dundee was in Cassius Clay’s hometown (Kentucky) in 1958 with light heavyweight Willie Pastrano. They were sharing a room at the […]

Joe Elsby Martin was Muhammad Ali’s First Boxing Teacher.

Joe Elsby Martin was Muhammad Ali’s First Boxing Teacher. Joe Elsby Martin came to Louisville Kentucky in 1937 and joined the Louisville Police Department, serving until his retirement in 1974. In 1938, he became a boxing coach at the local recreation center called Columbia Gym in Louisville (now the student center of Spalding University). In […]

Grace Community Center Gym, Louisville Kentucky

Grace Community Center Gym Some gyms inspire from a distance. Some transcend the tides of time. Grace Community Center Gym holds on through history, though its doors have long since closed, because of one of the Greatest boxers of all time. Ali. Once a young Cassius Clay dedicated himself to boxing, it was about all […]