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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






                        2017 Chicago Golden Gloves

March 10, 2017: Bravilo Gonzales wins by 2nd round TKO & advances!

              Bravilo in gym between rounds sparring



Joltin' Jeff Lanas, Our Asst Trainer, will be inducted into the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame on November 4th @ the Abbington in Glen Ellyn!


3/10/16 - 2016 Chicago Gloves

Pugs' Baret Bailey vs. Claire Crowley of Taylor Park Boxing

3/09/2016: Baret Bailey

2016 Chicago Golden Gloves, Pugs' Baret Bailey

Woodstock Independent article: click here

12/13/2015: Pug's Boxing Club's Deon Johnson now 139lb Silver Gloves Champion!


Trainers & Fighters are invited to come on in & get some work with our fighters Saturdays & Sundays @: 12:30PM. If you need more info, call us @: 815 356 6572 or email us @: pugsgym@aol.com

Pugs head trainer Gary Dobry sparring w/ Ewan Jackson fighter, Ernie Delgato


My Birthday was this past Monday, November 9, 2015. My wonderful members took me totally by surprise with a surprise birthday party between the 6pm & 7pm classes. They created this wonderful birthday cake comprised of 36 delicious cupcakes encased in a boxing-ring complete with ropes and canvas floor. Two fighters were on top of two of the cupcakes facing-off against each-other center-ring. And the piece d' resistance was a wonderful birthday card they gave me  in which they wrote some beautiful thoughts that really moved me. I treasure every round I've gone with you guys and I love you all right back. You guys put the food on my table and a roof over my head. No one is more important than you guys. I can't tell you how much it means to me to know how much I mean to you. You totally KNOCKED ME OUT! ~ Gary



SELECTED WORKS from Pugs' Head Boxing Trainer, Gary Dobry's, 'Where Angels Fear to Tread" are exhibiting @ the MLG Gallery in Chicago June 19th thru July 10th!



                       'En Route a' Zami', 40" X 40", acrylic on canvas, 2015,Gary Dobry


    'Me & Dupree' (Brothers from Other Mothers), 30" X 40", acrylic on canvas, 2015, Gary Dobry


'The Showdown' (Life vs Death), 30" X 40", acrylic & collage (boxing poster) on canvas, 2015, Gary Dobry


      more @ Gary Dobry's art website: onthecanvas.com


                                    Pugs Asst Trainer Jeff Lanas & Roberto Duran

                    THE REAL 'ROCKY' STORY!


     Pug's Boxing Club T's & HOODIES


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Published today in Paris via Cielo Magazine (10/13)

Glamour Photo-Shoot shot at the gym

Photos: Jennifer Avello
Makeup: Traci Fine
Stylist: Samantha Pletzke



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   Dana Muligano(finalist) and Jackie Howard (semi-finalist), 2013 Chicago Golden Gloves  

10/29/12: Gary Dobry and Brenda Venus' New Work: Tipping the Scales      


             The Early Rounds (Portrait of Mike Lee), 30" X 40", acrylic on canvas, 2012, Gary Dobry

A commissioned portrait of rising boxing superstar, Mike Lee by Pug's Owner & Head Trainer, Gary Dobry. Mike is a product of the Pug's Youth Boxing Program.


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last updated: 8/02/17

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