Finley’s Gym was above an auto-repair shop, down an alley in Northeast Washington, behind a battered door, then up a flight of creaking stairs. There it was, in all its shabby simplicity, a cramped space with a makeshift ring, a few jump-ropes and punching bags where boxers practiced their sweaty trade. The walls and ceiling were layered with fight posters dating back decades. Hand-lettered signs from the proprietor, Jim Finley, made it clear that this was a place for work, not for play.
The gym stayed open until 2001. Jim Finley, owner of landmark D.C. boxing gym, dies at 84. For 41 years, Mr. Finley was the proprietor of a small boxing gym where champions were groomed.
WIN WITH PRIDE, AND LOSE WITH DIGNITY. — JIM FINLEY