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12 gyms where you can try really hard to keep your New Year's resolution

January, 2019

We know, we know — New Year’s resolutions don’t really work. But we also know that won’t stop you from signing up for that new gym membership all the same. (And hey, there are worse goals to shoot for, even if you don’t end up sticking to that five-times-a-week weight routine.)Read More >

Congratulations Mike Hollywood Jimenez

June, 2017

Congratulations on winning the WBC Continental Belt!

World Premiere Play ‘Man in the Ring’ Much More than a Boxing Story

October, 2016

It sounds like fiction, but it’s a true story: A gay boxer insulted by his opponent unleashes fury in the ring, and his opponent–the champion–slips into a coma and dies. That’s what happened in March 1962 in a fight televised on ABC. Read More >

Fonfara beats Cleverly

October, 2015

In an exciting fight from start to finish, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) decision Britain’s Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) by a close 12 round unanimous decision on Friday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois. Read More >

Once a slender 145-pound fighter, Andrzej Fonfara has developed into a powerful force at 175 pounds

October, 2015

Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 knockouts) returns to action Friday night with his 14th appearance at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, a scheduled 12-round bout against former champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) in a 175-pound clash (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT).
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Super Summer Slim-Down Challenge #1
Swallow Cliff Stairs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

11918 South La Grange Road, Palos Park, IL 60464
12:30 PM
We will meet at the base of the stairs at 12:30. If you need a ride, we will plan to carpool from the gym leaving no later than 12. Please let us know ahead time if you plan to carpool!
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara: Winner, Recap and Reaction

April, 2015

Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KO) came to Carson, California, to win, and that's exactly what he did in handing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1) the second loss of his second career. Fonfara secured a dominant ninth-round TKO when Chavez Jr. asked his corner to stop the fight between rounds, per the interpretation of Showtime's Felix De Jesus.
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Colonna: Fonfara-Chavez Jr will be a brutal fight

March, 2015

“Sometimes Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. don’t make weight, they fine him and he’s content with that. I wish he would make weight for April 18. It’s not about the money right here. I know he’ll get a big fine if he doesn’t make it but if we have to make this 172 mark, I want him to make it.” said Sam Colonna, trainer of Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs), who faces former WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (46-1, 32 KOs) on April 18 in a Showtime-televised bout at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
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Colonna: I expect more, and the Polish Prince can deliver

February, 2015

Trainer Sam Colonna, who started WBC #4 ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) ever since the “Polish Prince” arrived in the US, discusses with Fonfara’s plans for 2015 and his expectations. “Fonfara is an elite fighter but the thing that’s holding him back is that he’s cruising through this guys instead just explode. I think that he’s got in him as much as any champion right now. I truly do.”
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Inaugural Patrick J. Ryan Main Event

Friday, February 6, 2015

The event will feature an exciting night of 8 to 10 talented, Golden Glove-style amateur boxing fights, cocktails, hors d'oevures, a raffle and ringside seating with dinner.
Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
To benefit Catholic Charities of the archdiocese of Chicago Loss Program for children and youth
6 Pm Cocktails, 7 PM Dinner & Fights
Make reservations online

Amateur Fight

January, 24th, 2015

Riveria Country Club, Orland Park
8801 West 143rd St
Show Starts 7:30 PM, Tickets $20 at the Door

Sunday Fun-Day June 29th Challenge

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Join us at the Swallow Cliff for Sunday Fun-Day Challenge. Any member of Sam Colonna Boxing is welcome to come. We will meet at 12pm. Winner will receive 1st and 2nd place trophy and Sam Colonna Boxing T-Shirt. Address: Swallow Cliff Woods, 11918 S Lagrange Rd, Palos Park, IL 60464

Fonfara VS Stevenson

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bell Centre, Montreal. Show: 7 pm. Click here for more info >

Chicago Golden Gloves Open Champions Nationals

May, 2014

Good luck to Nick Mazurek, Gideon Akande and Josh Hernandez! Nationals are held in Las Vegas from May 12-17.

Upcoming Golden Gloves

January, 2014

The 2014 Chicago Golden Gloves Championship is upcoming.
Golden Gloves Registration/Tournament
Cicero Stadium
1909 S. Laramie
Cicero, IL
2014 Registration Dates: Feb 15: 9am - 4 pm, Feb 16: 10am - 4 pm, Feb 17: 5pm - 9pm

2014 Tournament Dates: March 5,6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22.
The FINALS: April 10th, 11th and 12th.
Click here for more information.

Illinois Martial Arts HOF expands into Boxing February, 2014

The Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring martial artists from Illinois who participated in, and/or contributed to the Martial Arts in Illinois. The Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame elects Martial Arts professionals such as officials and participants from karate, judo, wrestling and other MMA along with the recent addition of professional boxing. Special acknowledgement to the 2013 addition of Chicago trainer Sam Colonna. Colonna became the first member to be elected to the Illinois Hall of Fame from the world of professional boxing. Nominated participants from all groups are being reviewed and the 2014 additions will be announced by the end of March.


Fight Night: Kristen Gerhart at UIC Pavillion, Friday, February 7

Tickets available at the gym.

Important Announcement

All boxers and coaches don't forget to renew your boxing license to participate in all shows for 2014. To get your license renewed or to get a new license go to the USA Boxing website. We are no longer able to do this locally, you must do this online! Do this ASAP, the process takes about 2 weeks. No license, you will not be able to participate, this includes boxers as well as coaches. So get your 2014 License Today!!

Holiday Hours

Important Notice: The gym will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. Have a Happy Holiday Season!

World Championship Boxing - Andrzej Fonfara: Friday, December 6, 2013

December, 2013

UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL •  Tickets Available at Gym for Purchase - $31, $51, $76, $101, $201

The Fight for Respect - All Female Fight Card: Thursday, November 14, 2013

November, 2013

1115 N North Branch St. Chicago, IL 60642 •  Tickets $25 at the Door

Black Wednesday Battle Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November, 2013

Fight Night at the Horseshoe Casino •  Click here for more info and tickets >

Fight Night Amateur Boxing Saturday September 7, 2013

September, 2013

Zante Lounge •  888 W. 159th St. Orland Hills, IL •  Tickets General Admission $20 •  Ages 21 and Over •  Doors open at 6pm, First Fight at 7 pm

Live Boxing at Cicero Stadium! Friday, August 30!

August 30, 2013

1909 S. Laramie •  Doors Open 6:#0 PM •  Tickets $35, $50

Congratulations to all the Battle of the Boxing Club Winners!

August, 2013

The First Annual Battle of the Boxing Clubs was a great success! There was a large crowd, and of the six matches - there were three winners from each gym. Congratulations to all the winners and those who participated!

Congratulations to Andrzej Fonfara and Kristin Gearhart!

August 16, 2013

Two Sam Colonna fighters were in action at U.S. Cellular Field Friday night as part of Friday Night Fights on ESPN. In the main event, Andrzej Fonfara defeated Gabriel Campillo by knockout in the ninth round. In her pro debut, multi-time Chicago Golden Gloves winner Kristin Gearhart went the distance in earning the first victory of her career.


May, 2013

Sam Colonna and Rick Ramos come together to host the FIRST annual:
This event is a "White Collar" affair. You MUST have 2 months of BOXING 202 experience participate. Represent your boxing club. Sign up TODAY!!! Make sure your CLUB gets involved!!!

Thursday, August 22.
Doors open at 7pm.
First Bout at 8pm.
Hearts, 1115 North Branch St. Chicago, IL 60642
21+ to Enter. Drink Specials and After Party follow the show.

What gym will WIN the TEAM trophy?

•  Must have LESS than 3 fights
•  16 oz Gloves
•  1 1/2 min rounds
•  Head gear

ONLY Body Shot Boxing Club and Sam Colonna Boxing have BOXING 202 programs. Sign up ASAP!

Victory for Sam Colonna Boxing!

February 24, 2013

Congrats to Sam Colonna Boxing, MMA & Fitness boxers Martez McGregor and Nick Mazurik for becoming the 2013 Illinois State Champions!

Great night of fights!

February 15, 2013

Congrats to new UBF Champion Donatas Bondas! Other big wins tonight by "Irish" Jim Murphy, Hollywood Mike Jimenez, Russell Fiore, Dimar Ortuz, Adan Ortiz and David Martin III!!

First Victory for Sam Colonna Boxing!

January 24, 2013

Gerardo Hernandez was the first fighter to fight in a boxing match representing Sam Colonna Boxing. He won the fight, recording the first victory for Sam Colonna Boxing.


January 19, 2013

January 19th 3PM. Membership signup available at grand opening - initiation fee waived during grand opening only! Come by and see us and sign up!

Upcoming Golden Gloves

January, 2013

The 2013 Chicago Golden Gloves Championship is upcoming.
Golden Gloves Registration/Tournament
Cicero Stadium
1909 S. Laramie
Cicero, IL
2013 Registration Dates: Feb 16 & 17 between the hours of 9am - 2pm
Feb 18 between the hours of 4 - 9pm
2013 Tournament Dates: March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.
The FINALS: April 11th, 12th and 13th.
Click here for more information.

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