South Broadway Athletic Club
was struggling to make ends meet.
Now, two months later, we can happily report that the Soulard institution is doing just fine. Don Cavesey
, the president of the SBAC, says the club did very well on the hall rental and bar sales from the sold-out Golden Gloves in January and their income remains steady thanks to their popular Sunday-night bingo contests.
Cavesey says the rumblings about the the club's finances were
precipitated by the SBAC boxing gym, which trains in an annex building
a few blocks down the street, renting out their space to an MMA
trainer. (For more info on St. Louis' city-wide transition from boxing
to MMA, click here
and read the sidebar to this week's RFT feature story.)
coach started talking about MMA and that kind of got confused with the
club," Cavesey says, noting that the hall has also started to book MMA
events. "We're doing okay. None of the businesses in St. Louis are
doing too good right now."
Tonight and tomorrow the SBAC hosts the opening rounds of the open division of Golden Gloves.
The open division is for fighters with more than ten career fights or for champions of the novice division.
The fights start at 7:30 p.m. at the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 South Seventh Street; 314-776-4833.
Admission is $10.
In January, as part of our preview of the novice division of St. Louis' Golden Gloves tournament, we wrote that the 110-year-old