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Special Report: Heartland Boxing Gym Rebounds after Fire

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It's been nearly three months since a fire gutted the Heartland Boxing Gym in Galena.


Dallas cook is the owner of the gym, and has been training fighters in the building for more than six years. Cook currently trains about 15 fighters.

"if you're asking me if we got KO'd that day, yes," Cook says, "My gym was gone. My equipment was gone. It was a good punch in the mouth, no doubt about it."

Since the fire, Cook and his fighters have kind of had to improvise. They train in Joplin two days a week, and in Galena two days a week. Also, since they don't have a permanent gym, everything they have stays in Cook's truck between training sessions. 


"My club cab is full, plus my front seat," Cook adds, "I Pretty much got a portable gym right now, driving around."

Despite being on the road and being without a permanent gym, Cook and his fighters have continued to have success. Two of his fighters, Maddie Bollin and Joseph Carriker, recently won Kansas City Golden Gloves championships and earned spots at nationals.


"I believe that as long as you stay by your coach, you can achieve success whether you have a gym or not," Carriker says.


 "It's pretty cool," Bollin says, "I'm pretty excited. It's the first year they're letting girls go to the Golden Gloves Nationals."

Bollin performed well at the national tournament, bringing home second place in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cook has found a new place in Galena to rebuild the Heartland Boxing Gym. He's aiming to have it up and running within the next month. While he and his fighters have had to deal with some adversity in the last three months, Cook says it has taught his group a valuable lesson. 


"This was kind of a good learning experience," says Cook, "Even for the young ones. Not to give up and it don't do no good to be mad about it. I ain't going to say I'm not frustrated, because I've been very frustrated. I have days i'm still frustrated."

Carriker adds, "I'm really excited. I think the new place is going to be a huge upgrade to the old one, and Heartland Boxing is going to be better than ever."

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