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Xavier Cavazos works in the club’s ring against Alex Mazzarisi. Mazzarisi trained Cavazos continuously during the spar. The club offers group lessons from Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with opening hours at the weekend and flexible personal training times every day of the week.
At the end of their session, Cadenas-Garcia and Muniz congratulate each other on a good spar and help each other remove gloves and headgear.
During a sparring session, boxers work together to improve their skills. This is not intended for competitive purposes.
Louis Muniz works on his sit-ups during class. In addition to boxing, the participants work on the right footwork, posture and stroke efficiency.
Steve Mazzarisi helps student Lesley Cadenas-Garcia with her headgear at the start of a sparring session. Mazzarisi founded the Gladiator Boxing Club of Sterling in March 2020 and built this garage not only to help his son continue his path in boxing, but also to offer lessons to local youth.
19-year-old Alex Mazzarisi claps his hands in Sterling at the start of a training session at his father Steve’s boxing club. Ill. Alex, who started boxing at the age of 7, took a short break because of a family death but did so began his work in the ring with an eye on the pro.
Boxers Lesley Cadenas-Garcia and Xavier Cavazos work on their form during a class at the Gladiator Boxing Club. Trainer Steve Mazzarisi has about a dozen students and is considering starting another class.
When Alex’s pockets aren’t at the gym, he’s hitting the books for classes at Sauk Valley College in Dixon, Illinois.
During the warm-up, a class member is assigned to guide the group through their steps. Xavier Cavazos (center) counts the repetitions of his fellow combatants.
With CODY CUTTER Sauk Valley Media
STERLING, IL (AP) – Steve Mazzarisi has received a few punches on the body in his 60s, but the local boxing fanatic keeps getting up.
Even when it looked like his boxing training days were over, Mazzarisi found his kicks again and now he’s teaching a new generation of boxers in the Twin Cities the sport he loves.
A year ago, 60-year-old Mazzarisi founded the Gladiator Boxing Club out of his garage in Sterling. It’s a return to the ring after having his own boxing club in Dixon a few years ago. He founded the club not only to offer lessons to local youth, but also to help his 19 year old son Alex Mazzarisi continue his boxing career.
Steve had trained his son in Westwood, but he wanted a place of his own to teach children how to raise their dukes. He didn’t have to look far to find the right place; After all, there is no place like home. He began converting his garage into a training area and Gladiator was born.
“I hung one bag and then I hung another bag and started bringing kids here,” Steve said. “I thought, ‘What a way to go!’ I can bring children in here and I will work with all the children. “
The garage has two rows of punching bags and a square ring with four ropes on each side and bars in the middle. The grids marked with bureaucracy are designed to help students with their footwork: a vertical cross helps students work on their pivot points, and a mixture of triangles on rectangles teaches a two-step movement.