In an article entitled "Victor French Gets in With the Goossens" by Times staff writer Steve Springer (May 22), Mr. French was quoted as saying that the Main Street Gym is a place where "anybody who wants to pay the money can come in and get his brains knocked out," and where "fighters (are) ripped off" and "cheated."
Mr. French's remarks were not only false and insulting, but entirely baseless as well. The Main Street Gym has been a greatly respected boxing establishment since it was first opened in 1933. We at the Gym run a tight ship, by the rules. We are fully licensed and regulated by the State of California and have never been charged with any infractions.
The reputation of the Main Street Gym is also attested to by some of the world's greatest boxers who have used our facilities such as Muhammad Ali, Ray Mancini, Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ken Norton, Lupe Pintor, and Tony Danza. As a matter of fact, some of Mr. French's boxers at the Ten Goose Gym have also used our facilities over the years.
Main Street Gym has also been the site for many motion pictures, such as all three of the "Rocky" pictures and "The Main Event," to mention only a few.