Red River Golden Gloves Boxing Gym opens its doors for an open house on Wednesday evening, September29th, an event which its backers hope will inaugurate an era of renewed growth for the sport of boxing in the lower Red River Valley.
Retired boxer and MMA competitor Jesse Barbot is opening the gym with the assistance and encouragement of Jim Grimestad. It was Grimestad who proposed the venture to Barbot in June of this year, and within days Barbot had obtained the blessing of his wife and gave Grimestad the green light. “There hasn’t been boxing in the Fargo-Moorhead area for quite a while,” Barbot explains, “So I said ‘Yeah!'”
Barbot is a positive person by nature, but animated with enthusiasm for this new venture, he is an absolute fireball. He reports strong interest in the boxing gym among locals, and pro fighters planning to attend include Chris Holt, Butch Hajicek, Antwan Robertson, Willshaun Boxley, and John Freeman.
“It’s not the Wild Card Gym,” Barbot concedes, “but it will have just about everything you could want to get going. We’re going to have a sixteen foot-by-sixteen foot floor ring anchored on all four corners by free standing heavy bags. We also have regular heavy bags in there, and we’ll have an uppercut bag. We’ve got a reflex heavy bag, and a little things like hand-weights and medicine balls. We also have a small weight room, which has Olympic weights and cast iron dumbbells up to about 70 pounds. A locker room area with lockers and bathrooms. It’s got everything you need to become a good boxer, and I think it’s going to be a nice little gym.”