If you are looking to develop competitive boxing skills or possibly looking to learn how to box for self-defense, you will want to find a trainer with experience in the ring. There are many excellent boxing trainers in L.A. Choosing a “top” or “best” boxing trainers in L.A. is not an easy task. The trainers below, some of who work out of the best boxing gyms in L.A., are worth contacting and checking out if you are looking to learn how to box from someone who has quality ring experience.
Jorge Garcia – L.A.K.O. Boxing Club
Situated in Eaglerock Boulevard, the L.A.K.O. Boxing Club and fight studio that has been building up a solid roster of trainers since its inception. Former amateur prospect and current MMA competitor Eddie ‘Ambien’ Jackson is among them, as is ex-Muay Thai fighter Daniel Recinos and MMA man Chris Corvilla. This diversity of talent and experience shows why the club brands itself as a fight institution with all disciplines catered for. On the boxing side, Jorge Garcia was a big-punching amateur before turning his hand to coaching. Trainers Andy Cardenas and Veto Swarn both bring Martial Arts expertise to the table, ensuring patrons will be well-versed in all manner of fighting styles.
Freddie Roach & Crew – Wild Card Boxing Club
The Wild Card is a boxing institution not just in Los Angeles but across America and indeed the world. Unless you are able to mix at the highest level of the noble art it is unlikely that you will receive an audience with Freddie Roach himself but with Scott Quigg losing recently, Miguel Cotto retiring and if the rumors are to be believed and Manny Pacquiao is ready to jump ship then Freddie may have a little more time on his hands at the moment than usual.
Coach Marvin Somodio has been a staple of the gym over recent years and the former fledgling pro assists Freddie Roach and handles high-profile clients of his own. Marvin did some of his best work in recent years with Brian Viloria.
Justin Fortune & Crew – Fortune Gym
A heavy-hitting gym with a heavyweight vibe, the Fortune Gym is run by top trainer and former contender Justin Fortune. The tough Aussie worked alongside LA stalwart Freddie Roach for a while, even for a time as Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, before going it alone and putting together his own team at the Fortune Gym, situated on Sunset Boulevard. Justin has worked with the likes of James Toney, Brian Viloria, Israel Vazquez and even Mike Tyson and the Aussie native has built up his reputation as a top coach on the West Coast.
Back in his professional boxing days Fortune’s biggest opportunity came in 1995 when he tackled Lennox Lewis in Dublin. Despite since transitioning into a top coach Fortune was not the greatest fighter in the world, ending his career in 2009 after three consecutive knockout losses and nine defeats on his slate, against 15 wins and two draws.
Fortune isn’t the only reputable coach at the gym, however, as they boast a list of other notable trainers. Former Olympian and four-time world title challenger Jose Navarro, who mixed with the likes of Cristian Mijares, Katsushige Kawashima and Dmitry Kirillov, is on the books. He is now transferring that experience to the gym scene.
One-time contender Anatoliy Dudchenko competed at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight during his ring tenure. The Ukrainian native now trains multiple amateur and professional fighters, as well as younger boxing aspirants. Justin Fortune trained Dudchenko during the Eastern European’s own 13-year career.
A litany of other coaches frequent the Fortune Gym including an exciting heavyweight of the past, Jeremy Williams. Originally from Iowa, Williams made California his home and had a ferocious knockout rate, which included an eight-second blitzing of Arthur Weathers in 1996. Jeremy once contested the WBO version of the heavyweight titles but was knocked out in the third round by Henry Akinwande.
Current pros who have worked out of the Fortune Gym in recent years include: Mercito Gesta, Zou Shiming, Trey Lippe-Morrison (son of the late Tommy Morrison), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Soloman Haumono and Denis Lebedev.
Ricky Quiles – Ricky’s Gym
There are few L.A-based trainers with as much to offer as Ricky Quiles. Nicknamed ‘Showtime’, Ricky moved from campaigning in the Golden Gloves as an amateur to headlining top cards across America and now boasts a client list of over 100 boxers of various levels, from beginners to pro fighters.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Quiles is now settled in Hollywood and has enjoyed the glitz and glamour of the boxing world too, training alongside luminaries such as Oscar De La Hoya, Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, Hector Camacho and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. Boxing from 1989-2007 Quiles trod the boards of the local fight clubs before finally basing himself in the Hollywood area where he fought the likes of Julio Diaz and Edner Cherry. Enjoying the fight scene there, Quiles settled and now operates Ricky’s Gym in the area.
Quiles offers one-on-one private boxing sessions, day passes, monthly memberships and group classes. “Through boxing we can conquer the punches that come our way in life,” says Ricky. “Boxing requires discipline, courage, responsibility and dedication. In return, we develop strength, self-confidence and self-esteem.” Ricky’s Gym is located near the freeway so access is convenient.
Charles Nwokolo – Tiger Boxing Gym
Head trainer at Tiger Boxing, Charles Nwokolo, boxed as a pro under the name “Young” Dick Tiger, as he was the nephew of a legendary pro of the same name who boxed the likes of Emile Griffith, Bob Foster and Gene Fullmer in his own esteemed ring career. “Young” Dick Tiger now puts boxers through their paces in his West L.A. establishment with the motto “Boxing, Fitness and Fun” an apt tagline for the man who fought hard from 1984-1996.
Jose and Nacho Saucedo – Westside Boxing
Run by the Saucedo family with brothers Jose and Nacho Saucedo at the helm, Westside is located in West Pico Boulevard. The Saucedos have a strong emphasis on family and the community around them. The Westside gym is heavily associated with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions outfit. The Saucedos open the doors to De La Hoya’s media workouts and have hosted fighters like Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz in the past. This is a testament to their abilities as trainers and organisers, as Oscar doesn’t just work with anybody.
Pepe Reilly – Box Personal Training
Pepe Reilly operates out of the Hollywood district and trains many clients in the acting and professional spaces. He also frequently operates out of the Wild Card. Reilly represented USA in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and holds many educational qualifications in boxing coaching and strength and conditioning. Reilly boxed from 1993-2000 but never reached the heights promised by his amateur career. Pepe now trains the next generation of aspiring boxers to reach their potential.
Alex Brenes – City of Angels
Head coach at City of Angels Boxing Club, Alex Brenes, is a well-regarded trainer in the Los Angeles fight scene. A former pro himself, Brenes is regularly called upon by reporter Elie Seckbach to provide analytical breakdowns of fights for his YouTube channel ES News. Brenes boxed at a good level for Costa Rica at amateur level before moving to Florida to win local titles. He is now settled in Los Angeles and works closely with NBC4 Traffic Anchor Alysha Del Valle.