The Fight of the Century, Boozing, and Boxing at Overthrow NY Boxing Club

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Every so often, a sporting event captures the collective consciousness and the world jumps at the opportunity to pick sides, pick a venue and enjoy together. This past weekend was one such event, a boxing match billed as the “Fight of the Century.” The most appropriate venue, outside of Vegas, to watch two superstars duke it out happened to be the opening night celebration of the highly anticipated OVERTHROW NY Boxing Club. Housed behind an unmarked door at 9 Bleecker Street, the former residence of off-beat music, arts and activist venue The Yippie Museum, OVERTHROW officially opened its doors for the first time. This multi-floor venue houses everything from a ring and practice facility to plenty of programming for those involved. There will be classes and matches and more. And of course, there’s an underground boxing league on the basement level. OVERTHROW’s founding partner Joey Goodwin, known as “the Soho Kid” and a former Golden Gloves contender, enlisted eight trainers, including professional boxers, former Olympians, and male models. Casses starting at $34 — now might be the time to pick up some gloves.

Overthrow was named after a publication The Yippie Museum had produced over the course of its 41 year residency of the building. It aims to provide a place at the cross of boxing and punk rock. And as the evening unfolded, it became quite clear how they’ll achieve it. As tequila cocktails liquored up attendees across all three floors, raucous boxing matches mingled with DJ sets (by likes of May Kwok) and a musical performance by David Peel. Pastings, posters and installation art lined the walls. An array of high profile New Yorkers filled the venue. And when the regular programming ceased, the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight commenced.

Though the fight would be a let down for most (except boxing aficionados who could bask in the slow-burning strategy), and see the highly controversial Mayweather extend his undefeated streak, the venue itself delivered an experience worth talking about. People have been waiting over five years for a MayPac battle. New Yorkers have been hearing about OVERTHROW since June 2014. The wait is over. But for those who were disappointed with the nearly $400 million dollar fight, there’s still an opportunity to step into the ring.

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Charlie Himmelstein. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
May Kwok. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Heron Preston.
 Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Milou Van Groesen, Alexandra Richards. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Jeremy Kost, Hunter Hill. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Ashley Smith. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Joey Goodwin, Peter Davis. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

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