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Sarasota Boxing Club forced to leave current building after being there for 12 years

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Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 9:44 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) -The Sarasota Boxing Club has been a staple on Florida’s Suncoast for nearly 36 years and the renowned club will soon be looking for a new home, as the club is being forced to vacate its current building after 12 years.

Coach Harold Wilen said he did not receive advance notice and said he still does not know the true reason why they’re being forces to leave. Wilen said this not only has affected him but his boxers as well.

“It feels awful for me I am here seven days a week and have been here for many years,”Wilen said. “For the boxers in here, they are so dumbfounded, as they might have to travel a little bit if we cant find a place in the immediate area.”

Wilen coaches nearly 100 athletes at the facility on Lime Avenue. He said his athletes are on a schedule, and being forced to move might displace some of them.

“It’s detrimental, it’s something they have to incorporate into their daily schedules,” said Wilen. “There may be some people who walk here who might not be able to come to a new place if it’s some distance from where I am now.”

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