Look no further, the Coach's at the LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM have taken their years of competitive Amateur and Professional Boxing experiences, coupled with their countless rounds of sparring with the Worlds best Amateurs, Professionals and numerous World Champs to develop the most effective boxing training regimen anywhere!
The regimen that has taken years to create will not just teach you how to box; it will increase your fitness level, offer you the highest degree of self confidence and provide you the tools you need to defend yourself.
What it all means...
The LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM is "NOT" a Fitness Center, we don't pretend to be, the LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM is just that, a Boxing Gym. If your looking for a training regimen that has worked since 1997, than this is the place to be, bare bones high quality results oriented training. You will push yourself like you never thought you could... but when you do, you'll achieve all you wanted and more out of the hard work you put in and out of the LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM.
Kids Fitness & Self Defense Boxing
Fitness & Self Defense Boxing
Competitive Boxing This is the nuts and bolts of the Long Island Boxing Gym and is the home of the LONG ISLAND BOXING CLUB. This is a no nonsense hardcore boxing club for boxer’s 8 years and up developed to mirror the tough New York, Detroit and Philadelphia boxing clubs of the past. Your gonna get dinged, your gonna get knocked down and your certainly going to bleed, so if you have no intention of getting nasty don't even think about this, because We NEVER, EVER, EVER QUIT!
Women's Fitness & Self Defense Boxing
Open Gym - Everyone is welcome from the first timer to the Professional World Champion.
Private One Hour Lesson One on One - The Trainer's all yours.
Professional Boxers - Professional Boxers are always welcome at the LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM, we are registered with the New York State Athletic Commission as a Professional Boxing Gym. Training & Management available by Contract.
Eddie Haeffer and his staff of certified and registered boxing trainers are constantly continuing to grow as trainers, we are BOXERS first and that greatly benefits you, giving you the best BANG for your buck!
Former Amateur Boxer (22 bouts)
Professional Sparring Partner (sparred with 5 World Champions)
Federally Licensed Professional Boxer (license current)
New York State Licensed Boxing Manager (license current)
New York State Licensed Boxing Trainer (license current)
USA Boxing Level 2 Certified Boxing Coach (certification current)
USA Boxing Level 1 Certified Referee, Judge and Timekeeper (certification current)
Elected Board Member of USA Boxing Metro (2004 through 2008)
Certified AAPTE Personal Trainer through Hofstra University (certification current)
Inventor and Patent holder of The Slip Rope, boxing training device.
My Story (to the point)...
As a kid growing up in West Islip I played Little League Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer but I wasn't much of an athlete. I was always an overweight kid with little confidence and that led to me being picked on and beat up by bully's. During my time in High School I was just getting bigger and when I graduated in 1988, I weighed 305 pounds. After I graduated High School simply because of my size I was asked to be a bouncer at a local rock club and quickly learned how to defend myself which definitely helped me with my confidence.
Towards the end of 1991 I noticed an application in the New York Daily News for the Golden Gloves Tournament, not knowing anything about boxing I cut it out and sent it in, a few weeks later I went for the physical at the Daily News Building in Manhattan. A few weeks before my first fight I got a new next door neighbor, I guess it was destiny because he won the Golden Gloves the year before in the same division I was going to fight in. He took me down to the gym where he was training and I was beat up, no, I caught a butt whooping every day for the two weeks leading up to my fight. It was the best thing that could have happened to me because I won a second round TKO in my first fight, next was the quarter finals and I won the Modell's Boxer of the Night Award and advanced to the Semi Finals where I lost a close decision.
After that I left that gym and trained at the Deer Park Recreation Center with Eddie Belfiore and Mark "The Hebrew Hammer" Weinman, that lasted about a year until the gym closed. With out hesitation I then started training at the toughest boxing gym outside of Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, the Westbury PAL. This was a tough gym where any day of sparring would be tougher than any competitive fight you could have, it was a place where many pro's trained including a lot of top ten boxers and appearances by many World Champions. This was the perfect gym to learn about boxing and I took it all in, I got in the ring with anyone and everyone that came to the gym, no matter who they were. I was trained by Pete Brodsky a tough no nonsense trainer who would always put you in with the best of the best. I had the opportunity to train with Jake "The Snake" Rodriguez, Willie Wise, Lou Llovett, Darren Zenner, Scott Lopeck, Ritchie Brown, Rich Kiley, Kevin Collins, Kevin Kelly, Junior Jones, Trevor Berbick, Bert Cooper, Anudi Santos, Sugar Shane Mosley and the list goes on and on. I was also around other good trainers who I also learned a lot from like Tommy Molloy (currently the Florida State Boxing Commissioner), Gene Moore, Al Gavin, Bobby Cassidy, Frank Daily and again the list can go on and on.
I fought from Westbury until about 2003 and then the trainers and fighters dwindled, guys moved to other gyms or retired and the same with the trainers so that's when I started to bounce from gym to gym, training for a short time with Buddy Mc Girt, then at the Brentwood PAL, Academy of Boxing in Huntington, Freeport PAL, Lumber Jack Lou's Academy of Boxing an most recently Heavy Hitters Boxing Gym.
My boxing experiences in and out of the ring have been quite extensive, I've won, I've lost, I've trained with countless fighters and trainers, I've been hurt, I've hurt, I've been knocked down, I've gotten up, I've stopped fighters, I've been stopped, I was an assistant coach for the New York National Golden Gloves Team in 2006, a Coach/Team Manager for New York's 2007 U.S. Championship Team, I invented and patented a training device for boxing, I even asked Mike Tyson to spar with him and challenged Iran Barkley to a pro fight, about six times, I was elected at age 35 to the board of directors of USA Boxing Metro, the organization that governs amateur boxing in New York and most recently the trainer for 2009 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Kristin Havdoglous.
That, in a nutshell, is my past; I do mean a nutshell because there is so much more, and I have great expectations for my future. I will become a Level 4 USA Boxing Coach so I can be considered to be a coach for the Pan Am Team and eventually the head coach for the United States Olympic Team. I intend in the very near future opening a non for profit amateur boxing gym giving everyone the opportunity to experience USA Amateur Boxing and work to better themselves and giving people the chance to learn to be boxers, coaches and officials. In the end I want to develop and guide those special fighters to World Championships and ultimately becoming productive members of society while giving back to others, offering them the same opportunities.
Mike has been involved as a boxer since the 80's, he has 60 amateur fights and has an undefeated Professional 4-0 record. Mike is a Head Trainer at the LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM and is considered one of the best trainers around, he works with boxers during our open gym and is available for private lessons by appointment.
Jo Jo has been around a boxing gym since he was born, his dad owns the Lumber Jack Lou's Community Boxing Academy and impressive professional record and a New York Golden Gloves Title. Jo Jo has collected a bunch of titles over his short boxing career including the Junior Olympics, Metropolitan Tournament, Florida PAL and a 2007 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Title, he also was ranked 6th in the United States USA Boxing. Since turning Pro he has a 3-1 record. Jo Jo is available for private lessons by appointment.
Louie had a very competitive amateur career selling out venues and winning the 1991 New York Golden Gloves Title. He fought professionally from 1995 to 2000 compiling a 11-5-2 record while winning the USBF Light Heavyweight Title. Lou retired in 2000 and open the non for profit Lumber Jack Lou's Community Boxing Academy helping kids that are less fortunate, he has since moved his boxing club to the LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM. There is always a need for community support at LJLCBA. Since our budget is limited, we are calling upon friends, family, coroporations, and local businesses for assistance. Please contact Lou Llovet at (631) 968-8343. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.
Herman Williams is a conditioning expert but what makes him so valuable is that Herman is a local powerhouse in the coaching ranks of Boxing on Long Island. Training boxers since 1988 he has trained nine New York Daily News Golden Gloves Champions, three Nationally ranked fighters including the four time National Champion and the Number one Ranked Heavyweight in the country for three years straight. Herman also has trained many Professional Fighters including World Champion Jake "The Snake" Rodriguez for his Championship fight against Charles "The Natural" Murray. Herman is currently training Lightweight sensation Jo Jo Llovet, a local fighter to watch.
Steve Damiani has been around boxing for over thirty years starting when he won the 1978 Eastern Regional Junior Championship, Steve also fought in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves in 1979 & 1985. He competed Nationally and Internationally for the New York City Police Boxing Team from 1984 to 1994. Steve brings a wealth of experience to the LONG ISLAND BOXING GYM form his prior training and time spent coaching at the Westbury PAL, Lumber Lou’s Community Boxing Academy and the New York City Police Boxing Team.