Pro-Fit is ready to rumble!
Vargas Boxing, a team led by father and son Michael and Alex Vargas, was founded in Pro-Fit wildlife park.
The new ring and punching bags at 41 Mercedes Way in Edgewood are across the parking lot from Pro-Fit’s main gym, where Alix Louca owns both stores.
Michael Vargas said he had outgrown Finest Fitness in Patchogue (now known as South Shore Iron) and found a new place for his son and members to exercise and exercise.
“My son trains here with Anthony Tumminello and the owner of Pro-Fit, Alix [Louca], contacted me for about a year or two with something to do here, ”said Vargas, 59, of Bellport. “At some point I agreed. She is good people, she had this place for me and we got a good deal. “
Louca said she has been a family friend since she started sponsoring Alex Vargas, an unbeaten professional boxer (12-0, 4 KOs).
“I thought this would be a great addition for the gym and members,” said Louca, 52, of Huntington’s disease. “Of course it looks like the whole community is coming over and supporting, so we’re excited.”
Louca and the Vargases held a grand opening for the community on Saturday to come down, train, train and watch boxers swing in the ring.
Vargas said members of local gyms stopped by, as did the former heavy hitter lightweight champion Richard Commey and his esteemed trainer, Andre Razzire. Jahi Tucker, another professional fighter, also came down and will be training at Vargas Boxing at Pro-Fit.
Training and live games
All of the trainers at Vargas Boxing – they lead professionals, amateurs and beginners – are Vargas’ old school boxing friends. “They fought with me all at once,” said Vargas. “These are all my coaches now.”
In addition to training, Vargas and Louca plan to host games in the new space. Vargas said its proximity to Deer Park train station makes it a convenient place for boxers based in New York City.
He said their first show will likely be next spring.
“You and I will do a great job here,” said Vargas. “We’re going to do the Long Island boxing shows here, which for the last three shows in Patchogue were probably some of the biggest on Long Island. These will be even bigger. “