BOXING AT THE ARENA®
THE SAN DIEGO BOXING GYM
Welcome to our San Diego boxing gym. Offering world-class boxing training for beginners through pros, we’re ranked as one of the best boxing gyms in the entire U.S. We’re also San Diego’s largest boxing club, offering the most weekly Boxing classes of any gym. For those who want to compete on a high level, our boxing club has the largest pro and amateur boxing teams in San Diego.
You can learn to box here from the ground up in our fundamentals classes or train to compete at the highest amateur and professional levels. We provide a positive environment surrounded by athletes all working together to become better. So whether you’re a beginner or a pro, we have outstanding boxing training for you.
The boxing classes we offer at our San Diego gym are designed to develop athletes as far as they want to go. Run by our Olympic and pro coaches, these classes are perfect for students wanting to learn the “Sweet Science” the right way.
We start beginners off with fundamentals, learning how to utilize footwork, head movement, and punching with correct body mechanics. From there, we progress to learning defense, advanced punching combinations while developing power and speed, and then sparring if desired. The whole goal of our boxing classes is to provide constant skill acquisition and athletic development.
Our San Diego boxing training for both amateur and professional boxers is world-class. We have built an incredible pro boxing team and one of the fastest growing amateur programs in the U.S., with multiple National Champions, Olympic Trialists and Olympians.
We also provide the biggest boxing training area in San Diego, with dozens of heavy and specialty bags and 2 elevated full-size competition rings. This creates a much better sparring environment than single ring gyms and has helped The Arena become a major hub for boxing training in the southwest.
Our coaches Joe Vargas and Basheer Abdullah lead our amateur and professional programs. Both are long time Boxing veterans with tremendous amounts of coaching experience.
Coach Joe is well-known as one of the most popular figures in the San Diego boxing community and has coached hundreds of amateur and pro boxers over the past 20 years.
Coach Basheer was the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program Head Boxing Coach for 15 years and U.S. Armed Forces Head Boxing Coach for 6 years. He was also a 4x Team USA Olympic Boxing Coach and 2x USA World Championship Team Head Coach.
CONDITIONING & TECHNIQUE
SUCCESS STORY: JEFF G.
“I started Boxing training here a year and a half ago. Trying to find something different to add to my workouts. Got in here, tried the complementary classes they let you check out and I was hooked. All the people that workout here are super awesome. You get to train with Pros, Amateurs and regular Joe’s working 9 to 5. Everyone’s got a really good attitude here. It’s definitely not like one of those cardio places where you’re just going in to sweat to death. You’re definitely learning a whole lot of technique.”
TRAINING WITH COACHING
SUCCESS STORY: ULISES S
“I’ve been with Joe Vargas, my Boxing coach, since I was 13. About 14 years now. Anywhere he goes, I go. This is where we landed. This is our home. I love it over here. Everyone here trains hard and is dedicated to perfecting their craft and I like to be surrounded by that. Joe, as a coach, has had a huge influence on me. Since I was young, he promoted me into who I am today. Basheer’s a good player for the team. I love having both of them in my corner.”
TEAM ARENA: COMPETITION BOXING
Ready to take it to the next level? Want to compete for one of the best teams in boxing? Then become part of Team Arena. Preparing athletes for competition is the backbone of The Arena and one of the primary reasons why we do what we do here. All you need to do to start on the path to compete for us in boxing is to complete our “Ready to Compete for The Arena” form.
Whether you’re just beginning in boxing, or you already have amateur or professional experience, we have you covered. If you’re a beginner, we’ll make you a skilled novice. If you’re an experienced novice, we’ll take you to the top of the amateur ranks. If you’re a high level amateur, we can get on the road to a solid pro career. And if you’re a talented pro who’s willing to put body, heart, mind and soul into it, we can bring you to a world-class level.
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Looking for the best boxing gym near you? Check out why The Arena Gym program is considered to be the the elite choice in all of San Diego.
- Multiple daily classes (most of any boxing gym in San Diego)
- Boxing team practice
- Two full competition-size boxing rings
- Over 20 different bags for striking
- Coaching staff with decades of experience
Our Boxing coaches have decades of experience coaching at the international, amateur, and professional levels. We also offer the expertise of a former 4x USA Olympic coach. With a large stable of professional and amateur boxers competing regularly, the gym is always full of elite-level fighters to help guide new members.
Dating back to the Olympic games in the late 7th century BC, boxing is a combat sport in which two people, wearing gloves and other protective equipment, strategically throw punches at each other, while attempting to avoid punches being thrown at them. The two participants perform in a boxing ring of various sizes and the terms of victory are mutually decided upon before the match.
Time intervals, otherwise known as rounds, are typically three minutes in duration, with one minute of rest in between rounds. The number of rounds typically varies depending on experience level.
Boxing will teach students the proper techniques of punching, offense, and defense. Boxing will also improve physical fitness, cardiovascular health, and confidence in self-defense.
Boxing allows only the use of hands as weapons to throw punches. In kickboxing the use of leg kicks are allowed in combination with punches.
To begin your boxing training, you won’t need much equipment, but we suggest the following:
- Boxing gloves (16 oz)
- Hand wraps (180 cm)
- Boxing shoes (optional)
The Arena Pro Gear Shop can outfit all your boxing equipment needs with quality Ringside branded merchandise.
THE ARENA BLOG
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Blade Alvarez is another of our Military members that has found a home at The Arena in our Boxing program. A large portion of our member base as well as our staff is current or previously military. Regardless of your goals we will support you on your Martial Arts Journey.
Jacob Macalolooy is back in action and ready for the 2nd fight of his Pro Boxing Career. Under the watchful eye of Coach Basheer Abdullah and a lifelong dedication to Martial Arts Jacob is on his way! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Coach Basheer Abdullah: Just finishing up camp with my welterweight, Jacob.
This is who we are, and this is what we do. We offer every class you need to get started on your Martial Arts journey. Get in and train!