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."
Admirers of gym proprietor Jim Glancey say he was "in it for the kids"
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."