Tocco opened his legendary boxing gym in Las Vegas in the
early 1950's. Mr.Tocco operated the gym for over 40 years, he was
a trainer to many successful professional boxers. Throughout his
career, the compassion and attention Johnny Tocco had shown his
fighters, as well as the sport of boxing, had a tremendous impact
on many lives.
Johnny Tocco sold his gym in 1997 just
prior to his death. The small ringside gym has changed ownership several times over the last decade,
but has remained a historic icon.
Currently, the gym is family-owned and operated by James and Elizabeth
Benitez Smith. James has ties to boxing through his grandfather, the late
Indian Johnny Smith, a professional boxer in the 1930's. Sharing
Mr. Tocco's passion for the sport, James quickly decided to preserve
the little piece of history that sits in downtown Las Vegas.
Smith's never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Tocco but they are committed
to return honesty and integrity to the gym and operate it with the same passion
for the sport as he did.