• White Collar Boxing

    Discussing Boxing Culture With, For, and About Recreational Boxers Who Practice the Sport in Adulthood Purely for the Fun and Love of it

    To arrange for personal training, private group or corporate events, or to spread the love of boxing for physical fitness and self defense,

    contact Mark Connor at: [email protected] or (612) 369-3778

    White Collar Boxing is a term coined decades ago at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York. It refers to men who work white collar jobs but learn to box recreationally and work out regularly at the gym. It now also refers to women who do the same thing. In April 2006 I published an article in Upsize Minnesota about Lisa Bauch and her Uppercut Boxing Gym. I also personally train white collar boxers there. Look to this page for regular features of some of the enthusiasts who train at Uppercut Gym, including Steve McComas, four time Light Heavyweight Masters (over 35) Division International Ringside Champion and environmental scientist, and many others.


Mia ‘Saint Paul’ Wanna: personal trainer, bodybuilder, motivator

Mia ‘St. Paul’ Wanna grew up on the West Side of St. Paul and has been a personal trainer in the Twin Cities for the last few years. Her interest in sports and physical fitness began in early childhood and encouragement from her mother launched her down the road that,…

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2012 Ringside Tournament brings first victory for “Big Jump” Keck, Impressive Debut for Elliot Mosley

The transition from July to August saw the return of the annual Ringside Products boxing tournament in Kansas, City, MO. John “The Big Jump” Keck of Stillwater, MN won the 200 pound Masters Division, ages 36 to 50, Novice championship, redeeming his second place finish in his first competition last…

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Gleason’s Gym enjoys its annual Fantasy Camp

The annual Gleason’s Gym Fantasy Boxing Camp opens this week on Thursday, August 23 and runs through Sunday. I’ve meant for years to write something about the camp. After meeting Gleason’s Gym owner Bruce Silverglade at the gym in Brooklyn in the fall of 2004, I let myself get talked…

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2011 Ringside Tournament brings impressive wins, tough fights for “Big Jump” and “Deadline”

Among boxers representing the Uppercut Gym in the Ringside Products World Championship tournament August 15-20 in Kansas City, KS were John “The Big Jump” Keck and Rick “The Deadline” Lundstrum, each of whom competed for the first time ever in the Master’s Division novice class. The 38-year-old Keck, a former…

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Mark Breland Trains FX Channel Star, Appears in “Lights Out” Episode

On Friday, July 23, Mark Breland spoke with Boxers and Writers Magazine via telephone from his home in Brooklyn, New York. While answering questions about his celebrated professional and amateur boxing careers, as well as his experience training fighters in recent years, he spoke of his upcoming appearance in Lights…

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McComas, Sheahan Challenge Selves at Gleason’s Masters Clinic

Three-time Ringside Boxing Masters Division International Light Heavyweight Champion, Steve McComas of St. Paul, Minnesota is joined this week by fellow Twin Citian and 2009 Heavyweight Masters Division Runner-up, Ryan Sheahan of Minneapolis for the third annual  Gleason’s Gym Masters Clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Both have trained hard over…

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McComas’ Experience pulls him through, Sheahan misses with valiant effort

On Saturday night, February 20, St. Paul’s Steve McComas proved why he has won three Master’s Division Ringside International Light Heavyweight Championships when he pulled out a close victory over Bill Ruscher from New Jersey. Ruscher was tough and obviosly won the first round, but McComas reversed the momentum in…

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