A.J. was born and raised in Danbury, CT. Although an avid sports fan, he wasn’t a follower of boxing, although Mike Tyson is said to be his first memory of the sport. A.J. played a little bit of every sport growing up, but in High School played hockey exclusively, and was on the Varsity team from freshman year to senior year at New Fairfield High School. In 2011 at the age of 24, A.J. became one of the youngest licensed Professional Boxing Managers in the sport. He was introduced and encouraged to get into professional boxing by his partner in CHAMPS, Fernely Feliz. In just four years, A.J. has gained a reputation as a highly regarded manager, who has helped guide clients to HBO, Showtime, ESPN and a World Title Fight. He currently manages World Ranked Junior Middleweight prospect Frank “Notorious” Galarza. A.J also is a licensed promoter and President of Prize Promotions, and will start promoting shows in Connecticut starting in 2015. He is excited about the future of Boxing in the Danbury area, “I believe in Danbury as well as the sport of Boxing. Had there been boxing in this area when I grew up, whether a gym or boxing shows, I probably would have been more interested. Champs will Danbury’s only exclusive boxing gym, and I am excited to watch the sport grow here. I know there are future world champions hidden in this city, and Champs is where they can get their start.”
A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Fernely moved to Danbury when he was 10 years old. It was here where he picked up the sport of boxing, and became Danbury's first professional boxer at the age of 23. Fernely was a dynamic heavyweight, and was known for his crowd pleasing style and speed. He was hired to be a chief sparring partner on many occasions for past and current heavyweight champions, Evander Holyfield and the Klitschko Brothers. Fernely logged 32 pro fights in his career, and ended with a record of 23(16)-9. In 2011, he began training professionally and helped bring his fighters to the biggest bouts of their careers and gets calls to train fighters from all over the country. Respected and beloved in the community, Fernely always dreamed of opening a boxing gym in Danbury. Champs Boxing Club & Fitness’ name is partly credited to Fernely’s habit of calling people “Champ”. He is looking forward to helping the youth of the city discover the great sport of boxing, “When I was young, boxing really helped me. It kept me off the streets, and gave me confidence. I was able to make something of myself through boxing, and learned what hard work and discipline was all about. I am very excited to bring the community this gym, which will be more than a gym, it will be a family atmosphere where people will feel comfortable and get in the best shapes of their lives. I look forward to continuing to train professional boxers as well as growing an amateur team to make the city proud!”
Located on 128 East Liberty Street, in the heart of downtown Danbury, Connecticut, Champs Boxing Club & Fitness is the city’s only exclusive boxing gym. Looking for a great workout? Look no further than Champs! Inside our 3,000 square foot facility, you will have access to a professional style 18 foot elevated ring, multiple heavy bags, speed bags, double end bags, in house boxing gloves and head gear, not to mention professional trainers. Looking for just a traditional workout? We also have cardio machines on premise, as well as various weight lifting equipment. When you come to Champs, you will find yourself in a friendly and positive atmosphere, and you will feel comfortable knowing we put safety and cleanliness first. We offer lockers free of charge to store your belongings while you work out, and have locks to be purchased if you choose not to bring your own. Need a quick workout before an appointment, dinner, or class? Come to Champs where immediately after working up a sweat, you can shower in one of our private shower units. We will be offering a variety of classes as well as hosting many special events. Be sure to check our website or follow our social media outlets to get up to date with what’s happening. Click our member page to see what package works best for you. We look forward to you joining our team! Come see what all the buzz is about here at Champs!