The best boxing gym in Toronto doesn't have misting baths waiting for you in its locker room once you break a sweat. These are the old-school fighting hubs--the concrete arenas of sparring, if you will--and the only thing pretty here is the angle of a perfect right hook. Many of the best boxing gyms and clubs in Toronto have bred (or, at least, hosted at one point or another) some great names in national and international boxing, all while accommodating pint-sized punchers and mommies fitting fitness into their lunch breaks.

Here is the list of the best boxing gyms in Toronto.

Sully's Boxing Gym

Sully's Boxing Gym is the foremost name in Toronto boxing, not just because of list of venerable fighters who have trained in its ring. (OK, well since I mentioned it, there's Lennox Lewis, Clyde Gray, Muhammad Ali, but I digress.) Sully's trainers include Richard Reittie, Tony Morrison, and owner Joe Manteiga, all of whom are masters in seducing out a sweat (or vomit, or tears). Don't expect an organic soy smoothie after a workout at Sully's. read more

Cabbagetown Boxing Club

Cabbagetown Boxing Club opened with a youth focus back in 1972, but has since grown to train fighters of all ages and skill levels to bout with the best. Its facility offers recreational and competitive programs, along with fitness-focused (boxercise) activities. First-times generally start with the no-contact TechBox course. read more

Toronto Newsgirls

Toronto Newsgirls is a women and trans-only gym (though there are co-ed classes twice a week) that first opened back in 1996. While the club offerstraditional competitive and recreational programs, it also hosts a variety of community-focused activities and events aimed at improving the lives of survivors of violence as well as at-risk youth. read more

Kingsway Boxing Club

It sort of looks like an abandoned warehouse, which, I suppose, is spot on for a west-end boxing gym. Operated by senior coaches Jennifer Huggins and Virgil Barrow, Kingsway has sparring, open, and technical classes, as well as free 1-on-1 demos for potential world champions-in-the-making. And, uh, classes for kids aged five to 12. Two locations. read more

Xtreme Couture

Xtreme Couture is boxing and martial arts, with Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, wresting, boxing, and MMA all on the program roster. That may sound like a lot, but with 33,000 square feet of available space, you don't really have to worry about being too close to a Kao Loi. Unless, of course, you're in the ring. read more

Atlas Boxing Club

Atlas Boxing Club at Oakwood and St. Clair boasts that it is the only Toronto club to produce an Olympic gold medalist, along with two silver medalist. And perhaps it is so, in that specific combination. The club has taken lately to hosting live amateur events, which are followed by PPV viewings of slightly less amateur events. The gym offers recreational, amateur, and professional boxing programs. read more

Grant Brothers MMA

With a provincial champion judo black belt, a UFC welterweight fighter, and a USSR national wrestling champion among its trainers, you known you're not going to get a simple cheerleader as your instructor at Grant Brothers. While the gym offers a variety of programs, boxing is its heavyweight (no pun intended), offering a lunch-hour boxercise class for those in the North York area, as well as its regular boxing classes read more

Florida Jacks

Florida Jacks has pretty much equal parts boxing-based fitness classes and technical boxing instruction. Right at Yonge and Bloor, you can count on breaking a pretty good sweat through its conditioning or basic classes, or else work on 1-on-1 sparring techniques or the fundamental elements of Thai boxing. All to indulge in the many Bloor Street temptations afterwards. read more

Revolution MMA

Revolution MMA might look a little sleeker than the other boxing gyms on this list, but don't let the black lacquer finishes fool you. This gym offers rigorous advanced boxing training, as well as beginner and intro classes running all the time. Noel Clubb, boxing coach to the pros, is at the Revolution MMA helm. read more

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