Photography by M. Sharkey. Shot on location at Gleason’s Gym, Brooklyn, N.Y.
"This game is about being a gentleman," says Myles Valentine, a trim, 5-foot-9 man with a solid gold grill. "When you know you have these tools, you need to have a common courtesy. Be versatile. Always leave the door open, because you never know who will walk in."
Vance Garrett, 34, founded Velvet Gloves: “I think there’s a sense of wonder about boxing. I know, coming from a theater and nightlife background, that creating a space where people can experience a sense of wonder safely is what it’s all about,” Garrett explains. “I know a lot of those guys wouldn’t go to a traditional boxing gym.”
Chris Davis: “We’re all concentrating so much on learning the technique, and just trying to keep up or not pass out,” he says.