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Elite Boxing and MMA Academy Opening in City

January 24, 2012 8:30 AM | Sports

A new elite boxing and MMA academy will officially open in Winnipeg on Friday with an emphasis on youth programming.

Last March, we told you about Kent Brown, who was seeking funding to open up his gym as part of a contest through Pepsi. Now the former boxing champ’s dream is a reality as Winnipeg Elite Boxing MMA Academy offering Olympic-style boxing, mixed martial arts and personal training is now in business.

“I had a dream of this a long time ago and set a goal to make it happen,” Brown said. “I’ve been helping others to achieve their athletic dreams and goals for such a long time, that my own dream has been kept on the backburner. But now I have made the goal a reality and I couldn’t be happier.”

The 4,000-square-foot facility at A-1042 Henderson Highway is equipped with 15 heavy bags, speed bags and a personal training area.

Brown teaches a variety of programs, including Outbox Tactics at United Boxing and is the host/trainer of APTN’s “Fit First,” a documentary series that follows four Aboriginal individuals on their journey to accomplish weight loss goals and healthy lifestyle changes.

The gym has been operating since the beginning of January, but will hold its grand opening on the 27th at 7:30 p.m.