Farewell to Bob Lynch

The boxing community lost a great man, and so many of us lost a good friend.

I met Bob Lynch in 1997, when I walked into Muscles & Fitness (now Ford’s Gym) and entered his boxing ring for the first time. He had always been generally opposed to females engaging in the sport, but I soon changed his mind and he became my boxing coach and manager. And when I retired from competition and started helping him coach, he became my mentor and good friend. When Bob handed me the reins to take over his amateur boxing program at Ford’s in 2014, I started a nonprofit, the Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation, to help support amateur boxing locally, naming it in living honor of this man who has embodied everything good about the sport for as long as I’ve known him.

Boxing has long had a reputation as being corrupt, but I was so fortunate to have been brought up through the sport by a man with incredible integrity. He spoke his mind and kept his word; I always knew I could trust him with my life.

Others will add to this narrative, about how he fought in Korea, earned not one, but two purple hearts. How he played rugby into his 70’s. How he’d been involved in the sport of boxing for over 60 years, as a competitor, an official, and as a beloved coach to champions and Olympians, but also just about anyone who came to him with a desire to work hard and listen. His name would come up in the strangest places and it seemed that he knew everyone, could freakishly recall names and dates, and always had a story to share.

I’m so sorry to say goodbye, but am so fortunate to have known him, and honored to have called him my friend. He will be missed.

– Coach Andrea Nelson 

2019: White Collar Fight Night IV

No experience required, in fact, that’s the point!
This event is designed for charity & fun ONLY.
Volunteer your time and we’ll have you ready by fight night!

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Back by popular demand, we are once again calling all men and women interested in learning the “sweet science” while helping a great cause. Choose your ring name, star in your own promo video, pick your fight song and bring your friends & coworkers to cheer you on from the edge of the bar as you take on your challenger! This is a rare opportunity to get trained by Wisconsin’s best boxing program while getting in the best shape of your life!!!

Email or Call with Contact Info before May 22nd: [email protected] | (608) 574-7659


  • Kick Off & Registration – Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:30PM @ Ford’s Gym – 2114 Winnebago St, Madison, WI
  • Training begins @ Ford’s Gym in August!  ** Beginners must have basic fundamentals prior to start of August group training. Monday night “Fundamentals” classes in June/July are strongly recommended. (Mon 7:00-8:30 pm)
  • Intensive group conditioning/training starts Tuesday, August 6th
  • Mock Weigh-In Event – Sunday, October 20th, 2019 Red Mouse Bar and Grill – Bring your entourage! Ham it up while you face-off with your opponent
  • Fight Night IV – Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 Red Mouse Bar and Grill – 3738 Cty Rd P, Cross Plains, WI Weigh-ins @ 4:00 | Doors Open @ 6:00 | Bouts Start @ 7:00

$350 covers training expenses & personal promo video! We’ll help you fundraise if needed.


Bob Lynch Boxing White Collar Night Returns!

White Collar Fight Night III
November 3, 2018 – Red Mouse Bar & Grill, Cross Plains, WI

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Come to the Red Mouse Bar & Grill for an exciting night of amateur boxing! Watch some brave souls step into the ring, many of them for the first time, and put on a show for a good cause: proceeds benefit the Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation’s mission.

Promotional videos for this year’s event will be available on the Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation’s YouTube page, where you can also find videos from previous years. It will be a fun and action-packed evening!

White Collar Boxing Returns

White Collar Fight Night II
November 4, 2017 – Red Mouse Bar & Grill, Cross Plains, WI

Fight Night PosterCome to the Red Mouse Bar & Grill for an exciting night of amateur boxing! Watch these brave souls step into the ring, most of them for the first time, and put on a show for a good cause: proceeds benefit the Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation’s mission.

See promotional videos on the Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation’s YouTube page. It will be a fun and action-packed evening! Fights start at 7PM, and there is a great Happy Hour beforehand. Come for food and drinks, and stay to root on your favorite boxers!

BLBF awarded Grant for Meadowood Boxing Program

We are thrilled to have received a $2,500 grant from the Madison Area Sports Commission to develop a boxing program with the Meadowood Area Neighborhood. This is the work the BLBF was built to do! Stay tuned for more details as the program develops.

Contact: Curt Lenz
PR and Communications Coordinator
[email protected]
Madison Area Sports Commission Announces 2016 Youth Grant Award Recipients

More than 14,000 dollars in funds awarded to local organizations
(Madison, WI) The Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC) is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $14,000 in funding in its’ biannual
disbursement of youth grant funds. Youth grant funds are allocated to established organizations that introduce Dane County youth to
the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.
The winning grant recipients are:
 Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation – $2,500
 Goodman Community Center – $1,000
 Madison Ice, Inc. – $2,000
 Madison Starlings Volleyball Club – $2,100
 Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District -$1,750
 The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin – $2,000
 Warner Park Youth Football – $2,000
 YMCA of Dane County – $1,125
The mission of the MASC Youth Grant Program is to provide opportunities for area youth, who may have financial limitations, to experience the
benefits of sports. The MASC Youth Grant Program is funded by contributions from the Ironman Community Foundation, private donors and
corporations. To date, this program has awarded more than $270,000 in funding to Dane County area youth sports programs.
“The Youth Grant program allows us to be able to help community organizations who work so diligently to serve the youth in our community,”
said Chris Armstrong, chair of the Madison Area Sports Commission board “We are able to create opportunities for kids who will only benefit
from an introduction to sports and all the life lessons that sports can teach,” he added.
“We’re excited to see the wide range of organizations in this round of youth grant recipients,” said MASC Vice President Jamie Patrick. “We
can’t tell you how great it feels to help these organizations and see their efforts make a real difference in children’s lives.”
The Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC) is the greater Madison area’s official sports marketing organization. Launched by the Greater
Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2010, MASC is charged with elevating the recognition and awareness of the impact of sports tourism
on the regional economy while serving the unique needs of the sports tourism business.
For more information, please visit www.madisonsports.org/youthgrant. Be sure to watch www.madisonsports.org for updates on the next
grant opportunity.

White Collar Boxing event!

Hello fellow boxing enthusiast!

Ever wondered what it’d be like to face an opponent in the ring for 3 rounds?   Here’s a great opportunity to support a good cause and test your grit!

We are currently recruiting volunteers from all industries and ‘walks of life’ to participate in this fun and exciting fund raiserNo experience required, in fact, that’s the point! This is designed for charity AND fun…volunteer your time and sweat, and we’ll have you ready for the challenge by fight night!

We are looking for friendly rivalries – Construction versus Real Estate? Police Officer versus Firefighter? Finance versus Sales? Friend versus Friend?  Pairings will be based on age, weight, and previous experience/ability.

Once you’re signed on, we’ll start a GoFundMe page for each fighter, to raise training/participation fees. All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will go towards supporting our amateur boxing programs, ie transportation for boxers and coaches to state and national competitions, assisting with gym and USA Boxing membership fees (required for sparring and competition), purchasing necessary equipment, subsidizing Community Center youth boxing programs, and providing competition training and conditioning sessions for our competitive boxers, as well as limited educational scholarships.

Interested? Of course you are, who wouldn’t be?? Fill out the contact form below:                                                        

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Kick Off/ registration – Wed, May 18th , 7:00pm at Ford’s Gym – 2114 Winnebago St, Madison, WI  (608)249-4227

We’ll go over specifics and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and meet your fellow fighters and potential opponent

Training starts mid-June

To assure that all participants are proficient with boxing basics, attendance of a minimum of one class/week at Ford’s, and minimum of 2 sparring sessions will be required. Discounted gym passes and additional classes/private training sessions/sparring will be available (most people choose to do more than the minimum!). If a boxer wants to train at another gym and can demonstrate reasonable proficiency throughout, they can be exempted from the provided classes, but will be asked to participate in the minimum 2 sparring sessions. This will be a USA Boxing-sanctioned event (http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing), and participants will be required to register with USA Boxing prior to any sparring.

 Mock Weigh-in at the venue – Sun, Aug 28th (time/location to be confirmed)

Bring your entourage! You get to choose your ring name, choose your entry music, face-off with your opponent, and ham it up for your own 1 minute promo video. Should be a fun and entertaining afternoon!

Fight night! Sat, Sept 24th at the Red Mouse Bar and Grill – 3738 Cty Rd P, Cross Plains, WI (608)798-9990

Fighters will be required to wear headgear and 16 oz gloves, while boxing 3 rounds -1.5 min each with a 1 min rest between. 

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you in the gym!!                                 – Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation board members  

Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation, Inc is a 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a Wisconsin Non-Profit     Public Benefit Corporation. EIN –  47-2173360



Bob and Andrea with Outstanding Achievement award for Ford’s Gym- voted 2015 Best Boxing Gym in Wisconsin!

Bob and Andrea with Outstanding Achievement award

2016 Wisconsin Golden Gloves

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Hello amateur boxing fans!!
Once again, Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the Wisconsin State Golden Gloves! The event runs for 3 consecutive Saturdays, beginning with the preliminary bouts Sat April 16th at 7pm. Semifinals are the following Sat, April 23th, and the finals are Sat April 30th, also at 7pm.

The Dr John Bryant Community Center in Racine, WI will be hosting the show as usual (see below for address and map link).

Ford’s Gym hopes to have several boxers competing this year. Among them Marcus Johnson (152#) and Demarco Carter (132#), boxing in the open division. Hope to have some first timers as well! These guys have been training hard and are looking forward to representing themselves, Ford’s Gym and Madison!! Please come support them, and amateur boxing!

Follow their progress to the finals on Facebook 

Hope to see lots of boxing fans at the State Golden Gloves this year!
Dr. John Bryant Community Center
601 21st St, Racine, WI 53403
(262) 636-9235

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