King's Boxing Gym, Oakland

Open for more than three decades, legendary athletes like George Foreman and Joe Frazier have trained at King’s Boxing Gym alongside some of the Bay Area’s finest amateurs.

At the heart of King’s is Charles King, the 70 year old owner who still spends hours coaching veterans and aspiring athletes alike. He treats everyone with respect, and rarely misses a moment from the time it opens to when the last punch is thrown.

We celebrate his dedication, and the dedication of the fighters who grit it out every day. Fighting, sweating and getting stronger.

Photos by Lenny Gonzalez