MENDEZ GYM, NYC
We met Henry Deleon by chance. We were in New York for the Linares v Cano fight and at the weigh-in, I got a tap on my shoulder, are you ‘Suzi Wong’ it was the start of a great friendship. Henry gave me a Jorge Linares t-shirt his wife Sarah had purchased for him off the website and asked me to get Jorge to sign it. Over the “post weight-in, pasta and steak meal”, I got Jorge to sign his shirt.
Linares had been training at the Mendez gym, that Henry works out of, whilst in the city. I was lucky enough to go to the Mendez to watch Jorge work out and let me tell you, this gym is HOT. Set off a busy street, the reception is small, you go back and climb down a set of narrow concrete steps to enter. It’s an amazing experience, the heat hits you, you look around two full size rings, various coaches training people, boxing bags hanging everywhere.
The Legendary Mendez Boxing Gym has become a great source of training pictures that Henry has taken for us of various fighters and characters entering the gym, willing to wear our product for a shoot.
I sent Henry a text and told him I had the t-shirt signed and he met me and gave me one of the Mendez Gym t-shirts as a gift.
The fight didn’t go Jorge’s way, a shock defeat to Cano and we left New York with our heads low, but a smile knowing we had made a great friend.