In 1991 Glancey learned that the former Anderson Meat Company building was for sale. With ample space, and an apartment upstairs, the imposing old brick structure seemed ideal for a boxing gym. Only later did Glancey learn of the building's strange connection to Minnesota boxing lore: In 1983 a former Golden Gloves champ named Clyde Mudgett perished in the chimney in the course of an attempted burglary (see www.citypages.com/archive).
After pouring some $50,000 into renovating the building, Glancey opened the doors in 1992. "I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life here," Glancey says. "But I just need a break. I need to catch my breath. Boxing takes too much time. I'd like to see some movies. See some plays. Travel a little bit. Maybe take some of the kids over to Ireland to fight."
Still, he doesn't rule out the possibility that he might open a new gym in another location in a year or two. "I don't like to hang around old people," he explains. "They kind of wear me out, with their aches and pains and talking about Arizona. Me, I like to stay active."