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8 of the best boxing gyms in Manchester

1 year ago

Manchester has a long history of producing championship boxers. From Tyson Fury who trained at Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy in Wythenshawe, to Anthony Crolla who fought out of Gallagher’s Gym in Bolton, and of course Hyde’s Ricky Hatton who trained under Billy Graham at Phil Martin’s Champs Camp in Moss Side.

There’s no shortage of big names and talented coaches associated with the city. But what if you’re not a promising young teenager with your eye on a title? Where can you go as an adult to train like a boxer and learn how to fight?

Here are eight places that offer high-quality boxing classes where anyone can go along, whatever your age or ability. We’ve been to (nearly) all of them and they were all really welcoming, so if you like the look of one, don’t let nerves hold you back. Get your gloves on and give it a go.


  • Altrincham

    Bells Gym


    Bells Gym opened in Altrincham in 2013, bringing a busy timetable of boutique boxing and fitness classes to the town.

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  • Tomas, one of the trainers at BLOK Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    BLOK Manchester


    BLOK is popular thanks to the variety of classes on offer at its Manchester studios (you can do strength, various forms of yoga, boxing, barre, calisthenics, HIIT, meditation, pilates and more).

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  • Boxers sparring at Collyhurst and Moston ABC, one of Manchester's best-known boxing clubs

    Collyhurst and Moston ABC


    With its 100-year history and impressive list of professional and amateur fighters, Collyhurst and Moston ABC is one of Manchester’s best-known boxing clubs. It’s also one of its most active with well-attended sessions for juniors and adults five nights a week, plus school holiday activities and regular boxing shows.

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  • Marvin Tomlinson coaching at Corner HQ, a boxing tech gym in Manchester.

    Corner HQ


    This boxing gym next to Mayfield Park doubles as the headquarters of boxing tech company Corner, hence the name Corner HQ. While the tech developers tap away on their computers upstairs, the downstairs is devoted to the sport itself with a boxing ring, bags, strength equipment, and indoor and outdoor workout space, plus changing rooms.

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  • The boxing ring at Eccles Boxing School

    Eccles Boxing School


    The top floor of Bridgewater Mill was a derelict shell when Eccles Boxing School founder Brian Gardner first laid eyes on it. But he saw it had the potential to become something much more, and over the next few years, he fixed it up, got rid of the roosting pigeons, and fitted it out as a boxing gym.

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  • Weight-lifting at Fighting Fit gym in Manchester city centre
    Green Quarter

    Fighting Fit


    The first thing you see when you step into this under-the-arches gym near Victoria Station is the long line of medals on the wall.

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  • Boxing bag and photographs of boxers at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Gym in Manchester
    Moss Side

    Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club

    Clubs & Groups

    Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club was set up in 2008 by three firefighters who wanted to give local kids something to do that’d keep them off the streets and on the right track in life.

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  • Salford Lads Club, a recommended wedding venue in Manchester.

    Salford Lads Club

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Boxing has been taught at Salford Lads Club since it opened back in 1903. The founders, the Groves brothers, wanted to get the local lads off the streets and out of the gangs, and boxing was one way to do that.

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