Hoover Street Gym

When you whisper the name HOOVER STREET GYM, the word “legendary” comes to mind. It was the Grand Ol’ Man of Boxing Gyms where champions of yesteryear shed their blood to achieve their dreams. Located deep in South Central, California, it weathered the rise of the civil rights movement and the fall of segregation. Ring-worn, old-school trainers Eddie Futch, Bill Slayton, Jake Shugrue, Thell Torrence and Cannonball Green took countless aspiring hopefuls under their wings.
Through the rickety old doors strolled some of the most legendary names in the history of the sweet science:

  • Al Bolton
  • Allen Cox
  • Alvin “Blue” Lewis
  • Amos “Big Train” Lincoln
  • Andy “Kid” Heilman
  • Andy “The Hawk” Price
  • Antonio “Tony” Curtis
  • Archie “The Mongoose” Moore
  • Art Davis
  • Art Miles
  • Avery Rawls
  • Bill Slayton
  • Billy Mitchell
  • Bruce Curry
  • Carl Jones
  • Carlos Monro
  • Carlos Navarro
  • Carlos Palomino
  • Cassius Green
  • Charlie “Tombstone” Smith
  • Charlie Jones
  • Charlie Powell
  • Chuck Lesley
  • Chuck Leslie
  • Chuck Washington
  • Connie Swift
  • Curly Lee
  • Dan Stenado
  • David Love
  • Don Johnson
  • Don Jordan
  • Don Manuel
  • Dub Harris
  • Dwight Hawkins
  • Eckhard Dagge
  • Ed Wick
  • Eddie “Bossman” Jones
  • Eddie Pace
  • Frankie “Irish” Crawford
  • Frankie “Too Sweet” Jennings
  • Frankie Crawford
  • Gary Starks
  • George “Scrap-Iron” Johnson
  • George Jerome
  • Georgie Benton
  • Hedgemon “2-Gun” Robertson
  • Hedgemon Lewis
  • Henry Bluin
  • Henry Tillman
  • Horace “Boots” Monroe
  • Howard McCord
  • James “Cannon Ball” Green
  • James Torrence
  • Jed Walls
  • Jerry Moore
  • Jesse Burnett
  • Jesse Reid
  • Jimmy “Buckskin” Field
  • Jimmy Heair
  • Joey Orbillo
  • John Ellils
  • John McCall
  • Johnny “Little” Smith
  • Johnny Newman
  • Jose Navarro
  • Kamal Suluki
  • Ken Brooks
  • Ken Norton
  • Kenny Crooms
  • Kenny Hodges
  • Kenny Mitchell
  • Kevin Henry
  • Kevin Morgan
  • Kevin O’Neal
  • L.C. Morgan
  • Lenny Brice
  • Lonnie Bennett
  • Mando Ramos
  • Marian “Lady Tyger” Trimiar
  • Marty Monroe
  • Mercer Smith
  • Mike “Hercules” Weaver
  • Mike Stewart
  • Monroe Brooks
  • Monroe Ratliff
  • Montell “Ice” Griffin
  • Mr. “T”
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Norman Henry
  • Odell Hadley
  • Oliver Uell
  • Oscar “Spider” Walker
  • Patrick Chavez
  • Paul Andrew
  • Paulie Armstead
  • Pete McIntyre
  • Randall “Tex” Cobb
  • Raul Rojas
  • Ray Barnes
  • Richard Steele
  • Ricky Reese
  • Robert “Bob” Torrence
  • Ron Cannon
  • Rosco Jones
  • Rudy Prince
  • Sammy Sanders
  • Shadeed Suluki
  • Sterling “Cash” McCallum
  • Steve Uell
  • Tony “TNT” Tubbs
  • Victor Abraham
  • Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill
  • Walter Tyler
  • Wilhelm “Prinz” Von Homburg
  • Willie “Bumble” Ray
  • Willie Vaughn


Managers Bill Cosby, Ryan O’Neal, Jackie McCoy and songbird Marvin Gaye frequented the hotbed of boxing, and it set the stage for the movie Rocky featuring Sylvester Stallone.