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Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Jimmy Ellis training inside Bruner’s Headline Boxing Gym, Louisville Kentucky

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Jimmy Ellis training inside Bruner's Headline Boxing Gym, Louisville Kentucky

April 15 1961 –Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Jimmy Ellis training inside Bruner’s Headline Boxing Gym, Louisville Kentucky. ? 214 S Shelby Louisville, KY

Bud Bruner Founder of Bruner’s Headline Boxing Gym

Sometimes the coach is more impressive than the student!!   Bud Bruner (December 7, 1907 – February 21, 1996) was a trainer, manager and gym proprietor from Louisville, Kentucky. His participation in boxing began in the 1930s while he was employed by the City of Louisville Recreation Department. He was responsible for playground tournaments, followed […]

Cassius Clay & Angelo Dundee 1961 ?

Cassius Clay & Angelo Dundee 1961 ? You have to have a plan!! You have to have goals!! Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) had a plan win the Olympics and then become heavyweight champion of the world. Nothing happens without a plan. This is a great link from author (Brian Tracy) on goal setting. I hope […]

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 […]

5th Street Gym

5th Street Gym

Your gym might be closed so get inspired by gyms of the past!!   5th Street Gym was Opened in 1950 at 5th Street & Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. Brothers Chris and Angelo Dundee when Chris Dundee began promoting big-time boxing in Miami Beach, 5th Street was a modest locale that turned into a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Columbia Gym, Louisville Kentucky

Muhammad Ali: The Columbia Gym Today Today, Spalding University’s athletic departments stands where Columbia Gym once reigned. In honor of Muhammad Ali and his illustrious career, the University recently renamed the location back to its original: Columbia Gym. Shortly after Muhammad Ali’s death in 2016, Spalding University placed a replica of that Schwinn bicycle Ali […]

Muhammad Ali with Joe Martin (his first boxing coach)

Muhammad Ali listening attentively to Joe Martin. Six weeks after that fateful day, having lost his precious, beloved bicycle, 12-year-old Clay got into the ring with another boy his age. He was a white boy and Cassius Clay enjoyed his first victory. As the next several years of his training unfolded, Joe Martin took a […]