North Minneapolis Boxing Club Sells ‘Drills’ Gloves To Knockout Fundraising Challenges

Every afternoon, an old firehouse in north Minneapolis fills with young people learning the ins and outs of boxing.

But the gym has found a new way to help give these kids a fighting chance.

“What I love about boxing is that it reflects life. It reflects life for me. So I prepare these kids outside the ring and I can teach them daily habits about that vision, about their win or whatever they want to do in life and I can just do it through boxing,” trainer Phil “The Drill” Williams said.

The Northside Boxing Club was started six years ago, to get young people off the streets and give them a nutritious meal after school.

Williams, who is known for what is believed to be the fastest knockout in professional boxing history, has been coaching at the club since the beginning in order to give back to the community.

“Because that was me. I was one of those kids who was looking for direction and I didn’t have it. When I found out about boxing it helped me so much in life and it helped me a lot. helps fight me through life right now,” Williams said. .

Now, Northside Boxing has partnered with a national sporting goods manufacturer to manufacture its own boxing gloves, called Drills after Williams’ nickname.

“Because I was training people to knock them out,” Williams said.

They’re available on Amazon, with all proceeds paying for the club’s extracurricular activities, so kids don’t have to.

“Whatever we need to do to raise money to get them here, so we can keep nurturing them with these directors,” Williams said.

Williams says Drills now stands for “Directly Related to the Inner city with Love and Loyalty” and he thinks they will be knocked out.

“It’s going to be successful. It’s going to do what we sent it to do and it supports the gym,” Williams said.

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