Photo depicting the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness team wearing black t-shirts with the gym's logo cutting an orange ribbon in front of the Tukwila gym location.

PHOTO ESSAY: Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Grand Opening in Tukwila

by Ronnie Estoque

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Mayweather Boxing + Fitness hosted the grand opening of their newest location in Tukwila on April 16. Community members gathered to witness history, as the store became the 50th location in the U.S. The event featured remarks from various stakeholders involved with the development, including  Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce’s President/CEO Andrea Reay and studio manager Jennifer Young. A debut song titled “My Own” was sung by local artist Flourish followed by a ribbon-cutting.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American boxer and promoter known for his combination of speed, power, and technical skill. He holds an undefeated record of 50 wins. However, Mayweather’s legacy is questionable at best due to his history of domestic violence.

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness offers a variety of classes and studio offerings for people of all boxing levels and advertises “an inclusive, high-intensity fitness experience.”  

As reported in the Emerald last July, boxing has become increasingly popular and more accessible in the South End. Earlier this month, the Emerald also covered the first annual memorial boxing showcase in honor of Willie Briscoray, or “Coach Bumblebee,” who mentored young fighters to help benefit local nonprofit Treehouse.

Photo depicting the exterior of the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness gym in Tukwilla. A string of black, yellow, and white balloons hangs from the eves and a crowd has gathered at the entrance.
Community members stand outside the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Tukwila location at the grand-opening ceremony. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Photo depicting a black-and-white photo of Floyd Mayweather boxing behind a neon sign that reads "Mayweather Tukwila Estd. 2022"
Wall art depicting boxing legend Floyd Mayweather at the new boxing gym in Tukwila. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Photo depicting Flourish in a leopard-print top and white-fringed trousers performing in front of the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness gym.
Flourish, a local artist, performs their debut single “My Own” at the grand opening ceremony on April 16. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Photo depicting Jennifer Young speaking into a microphone in front of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness gym in Tukwila.
Studio manager Jennifer Young shares opening remarks during the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness grand opening ceremony. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Photo depicting two rows of boxing bags with a black-and-white Floyd Mayweather portrait staring down the middle of the rows.
A portrait of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather stares down a row of boxing bags at the new gym in Tukwila. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Photo depicting a row of black body opponent bags .
In addition to boxing bags, boxing mannequins (technically called “body opponent bags,” or BOB for short) are featured for training. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)

Editors’ Note: This article was updated on 04/27/2022 to acknowledge Mayweather’s history of domestic abuse. The Emerald apologizes for any harm this oversight may have caused.

Ronnie Estoque is a South Seattle-based freelance photographer and videographer. You can keep up with his work by checking out his website.

📸 Featured Image: The Mayweather Boxing + Fitness team in Tukwila celebrated their grand opening on April 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)

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