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New Orleans’ Amateur Boxing Scene: Friday Night Fights

Boxing fitness classes, as a way to get in shape, is a popular trend that’s sweeping New Orleans. It’s an incredible workout and a great way to mix up your fitness routine. New Orleans has nearly four dozen boxing clubs that offer workout classes as well as actual boxing training. New Orleans has a growing boxing community and a growing fan base.

The Freret Street Gym is one of the most popular boxing clubs in New Orleans. They train boxers, offer boxing fitness programs, and sponsor the unique New Orleans boxing event series: Friday Night Fights. Held under a tent in the parking lot on the corner of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue, these boxing events have drawn large crowds of boxing fans.

I hadn’t been to a boxing match since I saw Muhammed Ali at Madison Square Garden and Ceaser’s Palace in Las Vegas, so my interest was piqued by these local matches. The Friday Night Fights in New Orleans is a whole different experience. Up to 900 people come to the Friday Night Fights, which feature seven amateur bouts, performances by local burlesque girls like dance troupe Roux La La, and even celebrity appearances by greats like Irvin Mayfield singing the national anthem. You never know who you might run into, and word on the street is that James Carville is a regular.

Admission is $20 at the gate, and $15 when you buy your tickets at the Freret Street Gym in advance. The whole event is one huge New Orleans party, perfect for a fun night out with friends. And with the BYOB rule and a DJ spinning, it would be a great place to have a bachelor party, too.

So if you want a really different night out in New Orleans check out the Friday Night Fights on Freret Street. The next one is scheduled for June 17, but call first to confirm.

The Freret Street Gym
4510 Freret Street
(504) 895-1859

Valorie Hart is an interior decorator, stylist, and event designer. She lives in the Irish Channel just off Magazine Street where she loves to walk and shop. She relocated to New Orleans from New York in the year 2000, and is affectionately known as a New New. She writes the popular blog Visual Vamp.

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