Boxing ring and more stolen from historic 5th St. Gym
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A historic South Florida gym where some of boxing's all-time greats have trained became the scene of a "crime ring" of sorts, Monday.
The 5th St. Gym, a Miami Beach landmark, was hit by burglars over the weekend. The inside was left gutted, stripped off its boxing ring. That's right, the entire ring was somehow picked up and hauled away, along with lots of equipment and personal files. "Well, we were vandalized, as you can see, and the ring was stolen," said Nina Spencer, whose son owns the gym, "the whole ring. That whole area there was a boxing gym."
And this was not just any ring in any gym. This is a gym steeped in the history of boxing. Autographed photos of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard once hanged on the gym's walls. Now, they too are gone. "This is so sad," said Spencer. "It's devastating. We're devastated."
The 5th St. Gym opened on Miami Beach in the 1950s. Famed boxing trainer Angelo Dundee who trained, among others, Muhammad Ali, was part owner of the gym. In a YouTube video, Dundee speaks of the greatness and history associated with the gym: "It's a great place to train because fighters like to sweat, and man, you could sweat in Miami Beach."
It takes effort and time to haul away the heavy punching bags and, once again, the ring. The people who work here think it is an inside job. Spencer said, "We think it's an inside job because nothing was broken into, so we assume it's an inside job."
The gym will be moving locations in Miami Beach in the next week. The owner says somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of items were taken.
If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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