a positive outlet

Fighting Towards a Goal

Whether you are young or old, just want to try it or get in shape, punch out some anger, or want to train for Golden Gloves championship, all you need is to show up, fill out a waiver, and get started! There is no cost, but donations are welcome.

Westside Boxing & Fitness gives members the tools to train hard, channel emotions, build community, and build a healthy lifestyle. 

The gym is open to the community, ages 5 and up, Monday – Thursday 4pm-7pm. Enter through the back door at ESCAPE.


About Coach Ruben

Ruben Silvas has been training youth in boxing for since 2010, and has been a certified USA boxing coach since 2013. Coach Ruben does an incredible job not only training athletes, connecting with all ages, and traveling with athletes to regional competitions.

What About Young Boxers?

Aspiring boxers as young as age 5 can join Westside Boxing, and Coach Ruben uses age-appropriate training and coaching for them. 

Occasionally, group classes for youth are available after school – contact Escape to see what the current schedule is!

Westside's Robbie Nelson wins big

Joseph Sirobbie Nelson has always loved to fight. Now with three West Michigan Golden Gloves championships, he’s pretty good at it. It hasn’t always been easy – he’s battled through deep personal struggles, a pandemic, and family conflicts, but he keeps “fighting” back. Westside Boxing is his home, where he puts in the hard work, trains with Coach Ruben, and inspires other athletes who aspire to his success.

Read more about Robbie’s journey: