Dream come true: All-female boxing gym set to open in New York City

Friday, February 2, 2018
Dream come true: All-female boxing gym set to open in New York City
Tim Fleischer has more on the all-female boxing gym in East Harlem.

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- Her dream has become her reality.

"This is it," said Reese Scott, who is opening the first privately-owned, all female boxing gym in New York City. "To create this space for women, that's real. There is no fluff about it. It's like every part of me went into building this space."

As Reese prepares to open the Women's World of Boxing along Second Avenue in East Harlem this Saturday, she gave Eyewitness News an exclusive look at her new gym designed for and built for women.

"What woman does not want to put in 12 rounds on the bag and come take a shower in galvanized steel walls and mosaic tile. It's the women's locker room," Reese said.

As an amateur boxer, boxing trainer and now boxing gym owner, she has years of sweat equity in this dream and many female boxers to back her up.

Recently teaching an all female class at the Mendez Boxing Gym, she showed them proper technique.

"Keeping your eyes on the person, you see that move? You know. Your job? I have to protect my face," she said.

Reese further developed her all-female boxing class on Saturdays at that gym. In 11 years, she has trained 1,000 women.

"It daunting going into a boxing gym," Reese said. "They don't feel comfortable. If I don't feel comfortable, I'm not staying. That's any woman. So I knew early on it would be a challenge."

It has also been a challenge and many long hours establishing, building and outfitting Woman's World of Boxing.

And what about her boxing philosophy?

"The different combinations that we throw on the bag," she said. "How we move. Those are the things I want to teach women how to do and how to maneuver their lives outside the gym."

Another side of Reese is found on her popular social sites. On Twitter, she is inspirational. On Instagram, she posts about the gym.

In one recent video, she says "This space. This space right here? It's all for us. We're included. We converse. It's what we want."

And this will be a community gym.

"This gym is Women's World of Boxing. Every size. Every age. Every culture. Every background. It's for all of us," she said proudly.


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