What's New? Class Schedule Memberships Personal Training Youth Boxing Women's Boxing Sparring Partner



What's New?
Class Schedule
Personal Training
Youth Boxing
Women's Boxing
Sparring Partner 

         Lauren Buric

Pugs Barret Bailey preparing for 2016 Golden Gloves

3/09/2016 - Woodstock Independent article -Baret Bailey & the 2016 Chicago Golden Gloves

5/25/12 - Patch Article. "Contender's First Boxing Coach Paints a Picture", Dobry Commissioned to do Portrait of Pug's Alumni, Mike Lee

5/26/12 - Chicago Tribune Article: 'On The Canvas', Dobry's Portrait of Mike Lee

        Jenn Jacobs


5/25/12 - Pug's Owner & Head Trainer, Gary Dobry showing new work @ Packer Schopf in Chicago

5/16/12 - PR - Gary Dobry @ Packer Schopf Gallery : June 1st thru July 7th, 2012

Pugs Asst Trainer Jeff Lanas vs Roberto Duran

5/12/12 - Chicago Tribune article: Pug's Boxing Club's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry, Exhibiting New Paintings at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, June 1 - July 7, 2012

Pug's Hall-of-Famer, Ricky Lanas vs. Montell Griffin

3/8/12 - Pug's Chris Hill Moves on to the Semi-Finals in the 2012 Chicago Golden Gloves

1/29/12 - Pug's  Prospect Chris Hill Victorious at University Club

Pugs' CutMan Lorenzo Meyer & James 'Lights-Out' Toney

11/17/11 - Chicago Tribune - Smokin' Joe Frazier and Pug's Boxing Club @ The School of Hard Knocks

10/26/11 - Chicago Tribune - Youth Boxing at the School of Hard Knocks

139lb Chicago Silver Glove Champion Deon Johnson sparring w/ Crusierweight contender Dimar Ortuz

10/19/11 - Patch Article -Pug's High-Schooler a Wrestler who Boxes

9/26/11 - Northern Illinois University will host guest artist Gary Dobry, Head Trainer @ Pug's Boxing Club, whose work is currently on display @ The Jack Olson Gallery in the show "Inked". Dobry will speak on Monday, September 26, at 5:00pm

Pug Hall-of-Famer, current light-heavyweight contender, Mike Lee

9/7/11 - Patch Article - Cary-Grove's Chris Hill Stands Out at Pug’s Boxing Club - Click here for article

8/29/11 - Pugs' Boxing Club's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry, will exhibit some of his paintings in 'Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art' @ Northern Illinos University. Read article by clicking here

 Pugs' Head Trainer, Gary Dobry

6/9/11 - Chicago Tribune article, "Two Heavyweights Show Their Canvases". Pug's Head Trainer Gary Dobry exhibits new work with blues legend Bumble-Bee Bob Novak at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago

        Lauren Buric

11/6/10 - Chicago Tribune article, "Life After Ed Paschke and Henry Miller, Solo Exhibition, Gary Dobry, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, 11/19-12/14/10

6/1/10 - " Mother and daughter spend quality time together at a boxing gym in Crystal Lake

3/25/10 - Pugs' Hall-of-Famer, Jeff Lanas meets-up with his old nemisis, Roberto Duran

The Castro Brothers, Pug's 7 & 12 yr. old Jr. prospects    

1/13/10 -"She Stays Trim with the Help of a Boxer's Workout", Chicago Fitness Examiner

12/08/09 - Pugs' Boxing team starts training for 2010 Chicago Golden Gloves

8/15/08 - NW Herald; Dobry Opens New Gym in Crystal Lake!

WBC Lightweight Champ David Diaz &  Bill Heglin

3/15/06 - Chicago Tribune; Obed Sullivan on Comeback trail

2/27/06 - Dobry signs deal to train former NABF & IBF heavyweight champ OBED SULLIVAN

 Pugs' Hall-of-Famer Jose Hernandez

11/19/05 - Where did Olin Kreutz learn to punch like that?

11/16/05 -Chicago Tribune article - Kreutz boxing coach steps up


Trainer Tony Prignits & Pug's Prospect Chris Hill (2012)    

Pugs' Hall-of-Famer, Golden Glove Champ, John Venesanakos


         Jose & Tony


   Pugs' Hall-of-Famer, Rick Lanas

  Pugs' owner Gary Dobry (r)
  Buzz Kilman, Radio Legend (l) 

Pugs' Cut-Man Extraordinaire, Lorenzo Meyer (cornering  in Smokin' Joe Frazier's last fight vs. Jumbo Cummings)

   (l) Pugs' Hillary Slater

  Dobry & Danny Bonaduce

Jimmy Younan, Danny Bonaduce, Gary Kruse, Pat Gavin & Pug's owner, Gary Dobry

Pugs' Owner Gary Dobry (l)& Gary Kruse (r)



       Kingdom Come
        by Gary Dobry






                               PRICES (ADULT & YOUTH)





    Pug's Boxing Club's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry


12, 26 or 52 1-hour personal sessions with Pug's Boxing Club's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry. This is a HARDCORE personal-training package for COMPETITIVE FIGHTERS which includes sparring and fight preparation.

$399 (12-pak) * $599 (26-pak) * $899 (52-pak)




12, 26 or 52 1-hour personal sessions with Pug's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry. We design a program specifically for YOU that exploits boxing training's cardio-vascular and anaerobic benefits that will get you into FIGHTING SHAPE!

$399 (12-pak) * $599 (26-pak) * $899 (52-pak)

Boxing Training is a full-body cardio-vascular work-out that reaps both aerobic and anaerobic benefits. Whether you goal is to FIGHT, or just to get into FIGHTING SHAPE, we will get you there. Call us at: 815 356 6572 or email us at: pugsgym@aol.com for more info!

          Gary Dobry training Pugs female fighter, Barrett Bailey



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                         OUR PROMISE TO YOU!


 At the School of Hard Knocks we offer high-quality boxing instruction at affordable prices. We do not get clients into long-term contracts that rack-up $100 - $200 monthly charges on their credit card or do we debit client's checking accounts.  We don't promise clients the world and then fail to provide them what was promised or entrap them in no-way-out contracts. We are not a front for a finance company and we do not retain the services of bill collectors. We don't have to. What we DO do, is provide hi-quality services at affordable prices. It is relatively easy to get a person desperate to get into shape, or wanting to box, to sign-up for a membership, the FIRST TIME. What our challenge is... is to get existing members to renew after their original membership expires. At that time the member will ask himself, "What did I get out of the membership?", "Did I lose fat?", "Did I lose inches?", "Has my cardio-vascular fitness improved?", "Have I acquired above-average boxing skills?", “Was it FUN?”  Our success is totally dependent on the excellence of the services we provide and for us to keep those services affordable to a niche demographic that is, and has been, exploited by Martial Arts and Mixed Martial Arts facilities offering sub-par boxing instruction as part of an expensive, entrapping, no-way-out-of-contract, membership. Our business depends on renewals to continue as a going concern. We understand that. That is why our members are very special to us and why we treat them as special.

Come and try-out a class for free. See if it's for you. Talk to the other members. Get their input. We believe that we offer a membership that will simply KNOCK YOU OUT!

Our Membership Agreement for FULL DISCLOSURE (always read carefully before you sign anything!)

Gary Dobry

Owner/Operator & Head Trainer, Gary Dobry    





Pug's Boxing Club's head trainer Gary Dobry has been training youth boxers since 1994. Current light-heavyweight contender Mike Lee and Raven's safety Tommy Zbikowski are both products of the Youth Program at Pug's Boxing Club at the School of Hard Knocks. Call us @ 815 356 6572 for more info!

  Light-Heavyweight contender Mike Lee & Raven's safety Tommy Zbikowski were both trained by Pug's head trainer Gary Dobry and are products of the Youth Program at Pug's Boxing Club at The School of Hard Knocks

    Pug's prospect Jimmy Gustafson & Tony Prignits


Email Gary @: pugsgym@aol.com

Owner/Operator & Head Trainer, Gary Dobry    


Pug's John Venesanakos


Pug's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry, trains celebs like Danny Bonaduce and pro athletes like Olin Kreutz

         intraining.jpg (31626 bytes) Pugs' Owner Gary Dobry training Danny Bonaduce for 'Bonaduce v. Osmond'

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The Freckled Spectacle * Danny Bonaduce vs. Pat Gavin

                            MAIN EVENT * PUG'S BOXING GYM * PALATINE


      (l) to (r): Jimmy Younan, Danny Bonaduce, Referee: Gary Kruse, Pat Gavin, & Pug's Owner, Gary Dobry







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last updated: 8/02/17

                   The School of Hard Knocks Boxing Academy * 824 S. Main St., Crystal Lake, Il., 60014