Are you there to see punishment and punching, blood and brawling? Are you interested in triumph and tragedy, persistence and perseverance? The sport gives you what you bring to it, and the fighters you’ve chosen, often choose you. Boxing is man’s purest contest, its blankest canvas.
Former boxing action star Arturo Gatti crossed over in to most fans adulation because he was so extremely overloaded with an ungodly amount of fighting spirit. If someone had come to him before a fight to tell him he would be badly cut over both swollen eyes, his hand would be broken, and he’d be knocked to the canvas in the ensuing bout… he’d still choose to head into the ring. Such was the belief in himself that no matter how grim, or stacked against him he felt the odds, he could persevere. As a spectator, nothing more could be asked. Between athleticism, skill and spirit, the last is the most uniting among boxing fans. Spirit is something we all have in us. You don’t need any special knowledge of the sport to spot courage or willpower.
Boxing is a sport that has been around for many thousands of years, dating all the way back to the Egyptians in ancient history, of course boxing today and back then are quite different. Professional boxing in modern history dates back to the early 1900’s.
Every era has had some of the most historic champions to have ever entered the ring. In the 40’s to the 60’s there were the greats such as, Sugar Ray Robinson which has been considered to be the best pound for pound boxer of all time. Of course the likes of Jake LaMatta, and legendary Rocky Marciano who compiled an astounding 49-0 record before retiring as world champion. There has been only one other person to retire with an undefeated record.
The 1960’s throughout the 1980’s is the pinnacle of boxing’s history, some of the individuals in this era has transcended more than just their sport but sports as a whole. There of course were the great fighters such as George Foreman and Joe Fraziar, but there were individuals such as Sugar Ray Leonard and Mohammah Ali who changed things forever. People could go on for days about Ali, how he stood for something more than just boxing, this leads him to be one of the greatest sports stars of all time.
Boxing in recent years has taken a very steady decline due to the uprising in UFC. Ever since the days of Iron Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield the sport has taken a hit. There has been a few stars that had kept boxing alive over the last 15 years in such as Oscar DelaHoya, Manny Paquiao, and of course the undefeated, arguably the pound for pound best boxer of all time, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. alone has kept boxing relevant, During his career, he held multiple world titles in five weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record. He changed the way most people tried to fight, he was the greatest defensive boxer of all time.
Where to Box in Philly
LAt CKO Kickboxing, get ready to burn fat, reduce stress and tone up by punching and kicking real heavy bags. Fitness Kickboxing is the number one fat-burning, cardio exercise, with up to 1,200 calories burned during a one hour class.
Get ready to reduce stress and burn calories with one of the best cardio exercises available. Kickboxing training is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) led by qualified and engaged instructors. We utilize a combination of both plyometric and calisthenic exercises to create the most exciting workout. These exercises encourage your muscles to exert maximum force for short intervals of time. The moves you’ll learn are rhythmic and packed into each workout. Our kickboxing classes are designed this way to not only build strength, but also to increase your overall muscle endurance
10 rounds of heat fueled by beats that make you want to beat up our Aqua training bags like fight night. The best hip hop and mashups bumping through our premium nightclub quality sound system (we should know, we have the best in hospitality/nightlife making sure the sound system is 100) and a lighting system that hits you in all the right places. You know it’s on when the red lights hit-ya!
Rumble incorporates the best principles of the sweet science of boxing and strength training, all to help you develop that lean, strong, and confident fighter’s physique. Rumble is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), strength training, metabolic conditioning (METCON), and uppercut throwing cardio in one clean class. Every ounce of stimulus your body and mind needs to let your inner Ali out. Always leaving you walking out of every class with your confidence level all the way turnt up!
Group fitness for individuals. We know you’re great alone, but we also know that everyone is always stronger together. Lose yourself in our tear drop shaped, water-filled Aqua training bags. Have fun while running through the 6 punches as you leave everything you don’t want in the studio, and fight for your right to take home everything that you do. Always challenged, but never judged.
Rec & Royal
111 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Vibe: Dancing, Games, Dancing
Rec & Royal is a great place that will cater to everyone’s tastes. There are a myriad of activities for you to choose from besides being packed into a nightclub with nowhere to retreat from the action. Rec & Royal offers a gaming area where you can play skee ball, air hockey, and other games. You can even rent out their private bowling alley and become the kingpin of Philadelphia. If that’s not your flavor, there is thumping nightclub inside the venue that features a state of the art sound, video, and lighting package. You can reserve a table or just dance the night away with your girls while listening to open format DJs catering to all music preferences.
Another parking option incase SP+ is close you can always go right around the corner about one more block to InterPark. Another great lot located very close to Rec + Royal.
Field House has 30+ draft beers and every table and booth has a view of one of the 35+ televisions, located in five distinct sound zones throughout the two-story space. They also have two big screen projectors, one in the main dining room and one in the private room, but the reservations to get seated near these fill up usually a week before. For Super Bowl specials, enjoy $10 pizzas and $4 select cans.
Once you walk out of the parking lot be sure to hang a right up to Filbert Street, make another right, down the street is Field House.
Parkway 12th & Filbert Garage
Parkway on 12th is just a hop skip and a jump away, leaving the garage walk up towards Filbert street, away from Arch Street, hang a quick left onto Filbert and Field House is right in front of you.
Chickie’s & Pete’s
Chickie’s and Pete’s voted ESPN’s #1 Sports Bar on the East Coast goes back a long way in the history of Philadelphia. Most well known for their Crab Fries, which are are crinkle-cut French fries sprinkled with a secret blend of crabby spices and served with its one-of-a-kind White Creamy Cheese Sauce for dipping.
Since 1977 the Ciarrocchi family has been serving up the neighborhood regulars with a smile on their face. Rapidly growing and expanding the Ciarrocchi family never let the quality suffer due to expansion of 12 locations.
Luckily for Chickie’s & Pete’s there is a large parking lot for free. The parking lot is located right in the same complex as the restaurant. No cost, no worries, just enjoy some crab fries!
Xfinity Live is a very different experience than you may be used to, for some it may be a bit overwhelming, for others it’s just the right amount of craziness. Just within walking distance of all 3 stadiums, Wells Fargo Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, and Lincoln Financial Field. Xfinity Live also has five different areas to party, dance, and drink while watching the Super Bowl.
Xfinity Live Parking is a breeze, there is really not too much to worry about since there are Lots F & G within walking distance. No matter which bar you’re looking to go to parking is luckily something you never have to worry about.
Cavanaugh’s across all 4 properties are known for unrivaled customer service the Cavanaugh’s group always provides top tier entertainment and great pricing. If you’re looking for a night out look no further than Cavanaugh’s! With over 50 different beers in house and on draft and a kitchen open 7 days a week until 1:00am and 1:30am on the weekends is a perfect place to relax and watch the Super Bowl with friends.
Fox & Hound
Fox & Hound is a large sports bar with many tables that has 17 televisions and 9 types of drafts beers. There is a ton of space for you and all your friends to hang out all day long. There are also fun and games such as the Golden Tee golf game, enjoy playing this prior to the football game a round or two of darts. Feels very much like the corner bar in South Philly, with all of the comforts of home.
Latimer parking garage is one of the best when it comes to customer service, it’s also only one black away from Fox & Hound. Come out of the garage, make a left, walk to the end of the block (Locust St.) make a right. Walk down about 45 second and it’s on your right hand side.
Miller’s Ale House
Enjoy food, beers and drinks while watching on roughly 70 different tvs located throughout their bar areas and restaurant area. Savor food selections such as Filet Mignon and original pasta dishes to fresh salads and their signature fresh, boneless chicken Zingers tossed in your favorite sauces, as their extensive menu offers something for everyone. There are 75 beer varieties, including sought-after foreign imports and craft brews, signature cocktail pitchers and loads of specialty drinks as well.
Parking is a breeze, no worries about a garage, a walk, or even to pay. Parking is available to everyone coming to Miller’s Ale House in South Philly.