Trainer Jim Pagan
There have been numerous discussions around the world that the very best boxing gyms, are the ones that make you feel like you want to be there. That was the case when I entered the Gimnasio Parcelas Falú, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Nothing too fancy, just workman like. No air conditioner, so if you wanted to cool off, all you would have to do was to stick your head outside. If someone cannot practice the pugilist’s art under these conditions, they should not be anywhere near a boxing gym.
Jim Pagan, a 30 year veteran of the sport and has been training fighters for 25 years, runs the gym with the help of Jay Rivera. For those who are not familiar with Pagan, he is the trainer of former WBA flyweight and WBO interim bantamweight champion Eric Morel, as well as Olympians Alex De Jesus, and Orlando Cruz. Pagan also trains up and coming prospects like Alberto Josue Machado. The gym on any given day, is filled with kids who are taught the sweet science by the respectful Jim Pagan.
A few pictures from the gym:
Luis Hernandez jumping rope
Hector Arroyo working on the speedbag
Fight posters hang on the walls
The ring where sparring sessions are held