Want to fight?
Here are three, open-to-the-public gyms in Delaware County where just such behavior is encouraged:
n Delco Boxing Academy, 38 S. MacDade Blvd., Glenolden.
Fee: $30 per month. Hours: 24 hours, with key access; trainers available after 4 p.m.
Owner Jason Rodden: “We have been open since January. Taking over a gym that had a few heavy bags in it and loading it up with boxing equipment and having 90 members in a matter of a few months, I would say, yeah, it has been very successful.”
n Must Fight Boxing Club, 504 Edgmont Ave., Chester
Fee: $50 per month. Hours: 4:30-8 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Owner, Dan Mullarkey Sr.: “You come in, pay the membership fee. It's not rocket science. There can be 100 people in the gym, and two or three of them fight. There is nothing normal about being punched in the face. I have a lot of different people, from all groups. I've got one guy in here, he's 71 years old. I've got seven, eight guys who are 46, 48 years old, or in their 50s. And I have guys 13, 14, 15. I have about 30 members. It depends on the season, kids going down the shore, kids getting out of school. Some guys get a job, or go off to college.”
The Must Fight gym recently was used in the filming of the movie “Creed” the latest in the Rocky series.
n Winners Boxing Club, 2003 W. Third Street, Second Floor, Chester.
Fee: Free. Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Coach Patrick Pernsley: “You don't have to be from Chester. If you are willing to come down there, we will work with you. From 8 to 18, it's free form.”
All three gyms are available for male and female fighters.