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About

johnnytoccoJohnny 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, 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.

The 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.