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Jimmy Glenn

Jimmy Glenn (2020), New York boxing and bar owner legend

by Kirk Fox

Jimmy Glenn was a legendary New York City boxing trainer and bar owner who ran the famous Times Square establishment Jimmy’s Corner.  

  • Died: Thursday, May 7, 2020 (Who else died on May 7?)
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 89 of COVID-19 complications.   
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Boxing Trainer 

Glenn was an amateur boxer who once fought Floyd Patterson. He moved on to become a famous boxing trainer, opening the famed Times Square Boxing Gym in the 1970s. Muhammad Ali would train there when in Manhattan. The gym took in many kids from tough neighborhoods, many who became top Golden Gloves boxers. He told the New York Post he “started helping kids out on the street. The PAL gym was sold to a church, so I talked to the reverend and he let us train the kids on the top floor. We gave parties to raise money.” 

Jimmy’s Corner 

Glenn opened the fabled bar Jimmy’s Corner in Times Square in 1971. It was a blue-collar spot serving cheap beer and other spirits but no food. Still there, today it is surrounded by trendy restaurants, but Jimmy’s Corner is the same no-frills bar popular with locals and tourists.  

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What they said about him

Full Obituary: New York Post

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