The Morris Park Boxing Club was founded in 1978 on Morris Park Avenue, the Bronx. The gym was initially opened by Joe DeGuardia Sr, a former professional boxer. In 1991, the operation of the gym was passed to his son, Joe DeGuardia Jr. The Morris Park Boxing Club has produced numerous Golden Gloves Champions, Junior Olympic Champions and World Champions and has been the home to both amateurs and pros since first opening its doors.
Having numerous success stories like that of Joe DeGuardia Jr., born and bred in the Bronx. DeGuardia, boxing since the age of 5, has won numerous titles in boxing, including the coveted NY Golden Gloves Championship in 1988 while graduating in the top of his class at Hofstra Law School. DeGuardia went on to become an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, and later DeGuardia founded the law firm that bears his name. The Law Offices of Joseph M. DeGuardia is a highly regarded, successful, Bronx-based law practice that has been repeatedly recognized for its exemplary service.
Notwithstanding his work as a lawyer, DeGuardia always remained professionally active in the boxing world. DeGuardia moved the community based Morris Park Boxing Club, which his father had founded, to a new and improved location, 2 blocks from the original. In his capacity as chief operator of the club, DeGuardia transformed the business into one of the busiest boxing gyms in New York, while also using it as a base from which to launch his larger business as a top boxing entrepreneur.
Morris Park prides itself in producing champions, fighters like World Champions Aaron (Superman) Davis and Lou (Honeyboy) Del Valle and NABF Light Welterweight Francisco (El Gato) Figueroa, while also be home to the workouts of lawyers, judges, accountants and professional people of all aspects of business, even renowned comic and former professional boxer Joey “the Kid” Medina, have at one time called Morris Park home.
Three days before Christmas in 2009, an early morning fire delivered a crippling uppercut to a beloved Bronx boxing gym. The fire totally devastated the gym destroying the contents entirely. The gym was out of operation for nine (9) months, during which time Joe DeGuardia worked on completing renovation on the landmark gym. Morris Park Boxing Club officially reopened its doors in August 2010, thanks a landlord who knows how to take a punch.
Joe DeGuardia (born July 4, 1963, in the Bronx, NY) is the founder and CEO of Star Boxing, a professional boxing promotional company based out of the Bronx, NY. DeGuardia has promoted such fighters as former Light Heavyweight Champions, Lou DeValle, and Antonio Tarver. Star Boxing, promoted such events as Antonio Tarver vs. Bernard Hopkins, Tarver vs. Glen Johnson, and all three Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr. fights. The Tarver vs. Jones Trilogy was one of the highest grossing trilogy’s in Boxing History.
DeGuardia is a graduate of Fordham University, and Hofstra Law School. A former NY Golden Gloves Champion, DeGuardia first worked for the District Attorney’s Office, before founding The Law Offices of Joseph M. DeGuardia.
DeGuardia first got into the professional fight game as a manager but now acts solely as a promoter. Most recently DeGuardia was elected as President of the Boxing Promoters Association.