POCATELLO — Future world boxing champions are among countless Idahoans who have stepped foot on the long-used Gate City Boxing Club ring.
But without luck, no one else will.
The ring’s steel frame was stolen July 30 and Pocatello police said they are investigating.
Gate City Boxing Club president Rob Chavez said he left the gym 7 p.m. that day before later learning it was stolen no later than three hours after his departure because an acquaintance recognized the ring’s designated trailer on Highway 91 at around 10 p.m.
“Everyone’s fond of that ring,” Chavez said. “ Everyone knows it.”
The ring was loaded onto the Pocatello club’s 20-foot flatbed cream-colored trailer to be loaned later that week to Idaho Falls’ Razor’s Edge Boxing Club. But someone hooked up the trailer to their own vehicle and drove away with the ring.
The 30-plus year-old ring is 24 feet in length and width. It was used for all of the club’s competitive fights since it was constructed and was last used in April for the Idaho Golden Gloves 2019 State Championships.
“There’s others that look like it, but are not built like it,” Chavez said. “These are made from Idaho Steel here in Idaho.”
Chavez said the ring is utilized seven-to-eight times a year and is as good as new, despite its age. The club still has the floor boards, pads and ropes for it.
“It was solid as a rock,” Chavez said. “We just got it painted. The ring wasn’t aging at all.”
It is the Gate City Boxing Club’s only ring for competition. The club’s practice ring is too small.
The cost to replace the stolen ring would be between $5,000 and 9,000 for the non-profit organization, according to Chavez, who said he would have to fund raise to pay for a used one. People have already offered financial assistance, if the ring is not found.
The 36-year-old Gate City Boxing Club will be holding its next matches Sept. 21 in the Jack Woods Invitational.
“We’ve got six weeks to find a ring,” Chavez said. “Hopefully, we find ours. That’s our goal.”