I Am Los Angeles is a video portrait series created by journalist and filmmaker Joris Debeij, showcasing the unique people and their ideas that make L.A. what it is. KCET Departures will be featuring these videos as part of our continuing coverage of the shifting cultures of Los Angeles.
The Broadway Boxing Gym has been around for several decades, and has had champions like Mickey Rourke over to train. "We are an old school boxing gym' says Sauchsee. "The most modern thing we have is a treadmill; you have got use your body for all the other stuff."
The gym also has a lot of old-time trainers who have been around for years. Mr. Jesse is one of those trainers who lives and breathes boxing: "This is my heaven", he says. Jesse Burnett is one of the gym's champions who grew up in the neighborhood. Jesse used to be in gangs when he grew up, but found a new calling when he started working out and training at the gym. He now works there as a trainer, willing to give back to the community in the best way he knows.