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



                                      WOMEN'S BOXING         

At one time 70% of our members were women! Boxing training is a full-body, cardio-vascular workout. It's FUN! It's aerobic! It's anaerobic! It's the ONLY WAY to get into FIGHTING SHAPE!

Pugs' Baret Bailey vs. Claire Crowley of Taylor Park Boxing, 2016 Golden Gloves

We don't patronize our women members with a token corporate "boxercize" or "boxaerobic" class taught at places like Title Boxing Club or L.A. Boxing.  All our trainers are certified by USA Boxing. You get a full-on bona-fide Boxing work-out that includes jump-rope, foot-drills, shadowboxing, focus-pads, heavy-bag, speed-bag, reaction drills, endurance drills, the works!

          Jenn Jacobs  Megan & Erin

Whether you wanna fight, or just get into FIGHTING SHAPE, our classes will ...

                   KNOCK YOU OUT!

Baret Bailey

          Jackie Howard, @ Chicago Golden Gloves

Pugs Barret Bailey preparing for 2016 Golden Gloves

Woodstock Independent article : Click Here


Call 815 356 6572 for more info, or email us at: pugsgym@aol.com



                                  WOMENS' BOXING


She stays trim with the help of a boxer's workout

January 13, 9:41 AMChicago Fitness ExaminerTim Kane

Twenty-seven-year-old Crystal Lake resident Anita Illg goes to the gym three times a week. She is seen above doing a one-minute bag drill. [Photo by Tim Kane]

Click HERE to read article

Mother and daughter spend quality time together at a boxing gym in Crystal Lake

Chicago Boxing Fitness Examiner

Tim Kane

Algonquin residents Tiffiny Jonn, 35, right, works out with her daughter Jackie Bafaro, 16, at The School of Hard Knocks Boxing Academy in Crystal Lake. [Photo by Tim Kane]

Tiffiny John said she wanted to spend more time with her daughter and thought they could study martial arts together. John, 35, recently went to check out a dojo on Main Street in Crystal Lake with Jackie Bafaro, her 16-year-old daughter.

But the karate place was closed. Next-door, however, was a boxing gym with a neon sign that said "open." So they signed up at The School of Hard Knocks Boxing Academy in Crystal Lake and they've been exercising there regularly about three times a week.

Click here for Article

        PURCHASE BVenus Lingerie 'Wifebeater' T's in our PRO-SHOP

                       or... order them HERE @ brendavenus.com



         Brenda featured in Muscle & Fitness, "Exercise Junkie, How Brenda Venus Built that Body" by Bill Dobbins of 'Pumping Iron' fame





Questions about this website? Contact us @ : pugsgym@aol.com

Check-out Gary Dobry's: www.onthecanvas.com   

Visit us on Facebook and click "like"!         

also visit

last updated: 8/02/17

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