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Bundesliga schedule 2020: What matches are on today? Times, TV channels to watch soccer in USA

Evan Lewis



Bundesliga schedule 2020: What matches are on today? Times, TV channels to watch soccer in USA

The Bundesliga is finally back, giving German soccer fans, English soccer fans and pretty much anyone looking for live sports action a reason to get excited.

Here’s a complete guide to Bundesliga’s game schedule for Matchday 27, including the start times and TV channels to watch soccer in the United States.

MORE: Watch Bundesliga matches live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Bundesliga schedule 2020

(All times Eastern Standard Time)

Friday, May 22

The Berlin Derby will kick off Matchday 27 on Friday in a battle between teams jockeying for position to claim the last Europa League spot. With a 3-0 win over Hoffenheim last Saturday, Hertha Berlin jumped Union Berlin in the table and currently sits in 11th place on 31 points. Union Berlin, a newly promoted side, will look to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Bayern last Sunday and try to regain positi on over its rivals. Both teams are within a shout of catching up to sixth-place Wolfsburg (39 points), so a win in the Berlin Derby would be crucial.

Time (ET) Game TV Channel/Live stream
2:30 p.m. Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin FS2, Fox Deportes, fuboTV

Saturday, May 23

You’ll want to get up early to catch the Saturday morning fixtures. Take your pick of top-six battles at 9:30 a.m. ET; there’s third-place Borussia Monchengladbach vs. fifth-place Bayer Leverkusen on FS2, and there’s sixth-place Wolfsburg hosting second-place Borussia Dortmund on FS1. For those with Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Soccer Match Pass, you can catch Freiburg, coming off an impressive draw with RB Leipzig, take on Werder Bremen, and you can also watch Paderborn take on Hoffenheim. Then, once you’ve had your fill of morning games, you can watch Bayern Munich take on mid-table Eintracht Frankfurt at 12:30 p.m. on FS1.

Time (ET) Game TV Channel
9:30 a.m. Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen FS2, FOX Deportes, fuboTV
9:30 a.m. Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund FS1, TUDN USA, UniMas, fuboTV
9:30 a.m. Freiburg vs. Werder Bremen Fox Soccer Plus, fuboTV
9:30 a.m. Paderborn vs. Hoffenheim Fox Soccer Match Pass
12:30 p.m. Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt FS1, FOX Deportes, fuboTV

Sunday, May 24

Early risers on Sunday can treat themselves to a trio of games on FS1. Schalke will start the day at 7:30 a.m. ET looking for a bounceback performance against Augsburg following their 4-0 loss to Dortmund. At 9:30 a.m., RB Leipzig will aim to get back in the title race with a win at Mainz, while Mainz will try to gain separation from Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation battle. Speaking of Dusseldorf, it will travel to face Cologne at 11:30 a.m. to cap off the day’s fixtures.

Time Game TV Channel/Live Stream
7:30 a.m. Schalke vs. Augsburg FS1 TUDN, fuboTV
9:30 a.m. Mainz vs. RB Leipzig FS1, FOX Deportes, fuboTV
11:30 a.m. Cologne vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf FS1, TUDN, fuboTV

How to watch Bundesliga soccer in the USA

For those with cable or satellite service, FOX will have you covered throughout the weekend on FS1 and FS2. Those with access to FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer Match Pass can also watch the games. Those without cable or satellite looking to stream the games can do so on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Bundesliga standings

Bayern Munich currently sits at the top of the table with 58 points, but it’s far from over. The Bavarians still have to face three of the other top five sides: at second-place Borussia Dortmund (54 points), at fifth-place Leverkusen (50 points) and at home against third-place Borussia Monchengladbach (52 points), so the title, as well as the fourth Champions League spot, is still up for grabs.

Toward the middle of the table is a battle for sixth-place to claim the last Europa League spot. Wolfsburg currently holds the position, but only nine points separates them from 12th-place Union Berlin, so it’s a tight contest.

At the bottom are Paderborn and Werder Bremen, though Bremen has a game in hand on 16th-place Fortuna Dusseldorf and only trails by five points. The team that finishes 16th at the end of the season plays in a relegation playoff with the third-place team in Bundesliga 2.

Pos. Team Games Points Wins Draws Losses Goal Difference
1 Bayern Munich 26 58 18 4 4 +49
2 Borussia Dortmund 26 54 16 6 4 +39
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 52 16 4 6 +21
4 RB Leipzig 26 51 14 9 3 +36
5 Bayer Leverkusen 26 50 15 5 6 +18
6 Wolfsburg 26 39 10 9 7 +5
7 Freiburg 26  37 10 7 9 -1
8 Schalke 26 37 9 10 7 -7
9 Hoffenheim 26 35 10 5 11 -11
10 Cologne 26 33 10 3 13 -6
11 Hertha Berlin 26 31 8 7 11 -13
12 Union Berlin 26 30 9 3 14 -11
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 25 28 8 4 13 -5
14 Augsburg 26 27 7 6 13 -17
15 Mainz 26 27 8 3 15 -19
16 Fortuna Dusseldorf 26 23 5 8 13 -23
17 Werder Bremen 25 18 4 6 15 -31
18 Paderborn 26 17 4 5 17 -24

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Sport: On this day… June 7

Evan Lewis



Sport: On this day... June 7

(Reuters) – ON THIS DAY — JUNE 7

FILE PHOTO: ON THIS DAY — June 7 June 7, 2009 TENNIS – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his maiden French Open title beating Swede Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6 (1) 6-4 in the final at Roland Garros. Federer’s win in the claycourt showpiece meant he equalled Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams, becoming only the sixth man to win all four major tournaments. “It was really not easy to deal with my emotions,” said the 27-year-old Federer, who lost to world number one Rafa Nadal in the three previous finals. “It might be the greatest victory of my career.” Soderling had ended Nadal’s four-year reign on the Paris clay in the fourth round. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel/File Photo

June 7, 1996

CRICKET – England batsman Nasser Hussain celebrates after scoring his maiden test century in the first innings of their match against India at Edgbaston.

Hussain scored 128 runs off 227 balls before being bowled out by pace bowler Javagal Srinath, setting up England’s eight-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Hussain was the man of the match and would go on to be named captain of the team replacing Alec Stewart after their quarter-final exit from the 50-over World Cup later that year.

June 7, 2004

ICE HOCKEY- Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brad Richards holds up the Stanley Cup after they defeated Calgary Flames 2-1 in Game 7 to win the NHL championship in Tampa.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice as Lightning held off Flames, winning the best-of-seven series four games to three.

June 7, 2006

SOCCER – Gareth Southgate poses for a photograph with Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson after replacing Steve McClaren as the club’s new manager.

Southgate’s appointment had sparked controversy as the former Boro player did not have the required UEFA Pro Licence but the club argued that he had been unable to acquire all his coaching badges because of his playing career.

Southgate guided his side to a 12th-place finish in his first season at the helm and 13th a year later in the Premier League. However, Boro were relegated to the Championship the following season and Southgate was sacked in October 2009.

June 7, 2009

TENNIS – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his maiden French Open title beating Swede Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6 (1) 6-4 in the final at Roland Garros.

Federer’s win in the claycourt showpiece meant he equalled Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams, becoming only the sixth man to win all four major tournaments.

“It was really not easy to deal with my emotions,” said the 27-year-old Federer, who lost to world number one Rafa Nadal in the three previous finals. “It might be the greatest victory of my career.”

Soderling had ended Nadal’s four-year reign on the Paris clay in the fourth round.

June 7, 2009

GOLF – Tiger Woods bites his club after his second shot on the 11th hole during his Memorial Tournament win at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods came from four strokes behind to seal his 67th PGA Tour victory with a dramatic birdie-birdie finish.

He won the tournament for a record fourth time with a 12-under total of 276, finishing ahead of fellow American Jim Furyk who rolled in a 22-foot birdie putt at the 18th for a 69.

June 7, 2012

ATHLETICS – Kenya’s Milcah Chemos Cheywa leads the field through the water jump on her way to winning the 3,000 meters steeplechase at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo.

She recorded the fourth-fastest time ever of nine minutes and 7.14 seconds when she finished ahead of Ethiopia’s Sofia Assefa and Hiwot Ayalew in second and third.

The Kenyan also won the bronze medal at the London Olympics that summer and followed it up with a gold at the World Championships the following year.

June 7, 2015

SOCCER – Barcelona players rejoice during an open-top bus celebration in Spain following their fifth Champions League title win after beating Juventus 3-1 in the final.

With the European Cup triumph, Barca wrapped up their season on a high, completing the treble by adding to their La Liga and Copa del Rey titles in coach Luis Enrique’s first season at the Camp Nou.

It was the Spanish giants’ second treble, with the first coming in the 2008-09 season under Pep Guardiola.

June 7, 2015

CYCLING – Bradley Wiggins in action during his UCI world hour record attempt, in which he succeeded by covering 54.526 km in the London Olympic velodrome to smash the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett.

Wiggins — who undertook six weeks of intensive training — pedalled his way into the history books by destroying the 52.937 km mark set by Dowsett in Manchester.

He covered 219 laps in 60 agonising minutes, maintaining his record-setting pace despite concerns about the slight slowing effect of high air pressure.

June 7, 2018

SOCCER – Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes celebrates with skipper Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring their second goal in a 3-0 win over Algeria at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

Portugal’s final warm-up match ahead of the World Cup in Russia proved to be a walk in the park, with forward Goncalo Guedes netting twice to stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up.

Ronaldo, making his only appearance in the warm-up friendlies, set up the second for Fernandes to head in.

June 7, 2019

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SOCCER – Striker Marko Arnautovic celebrates Austria’s winning goal against Slovenia during a Euro 2020 Group G qualifier at Worthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak saved the initial close range effort from Arnautovic before substitute Guido Burgstaller turned in the rebound in the 74th minute to hand Austria their first victory of the group stage.

Austria finished second in Group G to secure qualification before the 2020 championship was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compiled by Manasi Pathak, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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The first step in Yankees’ rebirth

Evan Lewis



The first step in Yankees' rebirth

A series by Joel Sherman chronicles how the Yankees’ fiasco of 1990 laid the groundwork for a dynasty.

The Yankees won fewer games every year from their 97 in 1985 to 85 in 1988. But if you wanted to believe there was still a strong contender assembled, sure, you could believe that.

Rickey Henderson, Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield led the offense. Henderson stole 93 bases in ’88, Mattingly topped a .300 average for a fifth straight year and Winfield finished fourth in the AL MVP voting. Ron Guidry and Willie Randolph lingered from the late-1970 champion Yankees. Jack Clark was among the most feared designated hitters in the sport and Claudell Washington hit .308. John Candelaria and Rick Rhoden fronted the rotation, Dave Righetti was a proven closer and Cecilio Guante was among the majors’ top setup men.

But that offseason Randolph, Washington, Candelaria, Rhoden and Guante left for free agency. Clark was traded for two nondescript pitchers and a spare outfielder, the same return the Yanks would receive in June 1989 for Henderson. Winfield would hurt his back, never play in 1989 and be traded in May 1990. Guidry’s frayed arm did not allow him to make it back to the majors in 1989. As with the Clark and Henderson trades, the Yanks did poorly in adding talent and/or character with their respective replacements. They became an island of misfit toys.

George Steinbrenner liked to point out that despite it being a decade without a title, the Yankees won the most games in the majors in the 1980s. But from 1989-92, only the Indians lost more than the Yankees. It cratered in 1990, when the Yankees produced their worst winning percentage (.414) since 1913 (.377). That was the first year that they were the Yankees after being known as the Highlanders.

“We unloaded so many guys from 1988, Pags [Mike Pagliarulo], Rickey, Willie,” Mattingly recalls. “And it didn’t work in ’89 and it just got worse after that. You don’t want to give into it. When you are dealing with Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, [Graig] Nettles, guys that were there when I came up, they had a mentality different than other guys. That is who I learned from. Time changed. Different levels of players came in. We just didn’t have the same team any more.”

Don Mattingly and Kevin Maas
Don Mattingly and Kevin MaasGetty Images (2)

The trade was done. This is the recollection of an involved person who asked not to be identified. It was October 1988. What is lost to time and memories is whether the deal was called off because a mass was found in Dave Dravecky’s arm and he couldn’t be in the package or because the mass turned out to be cancer and the Giants couldn’t give up more pitching with Dravecky’s suddenly uncertain status. But before the revelation, Mattingly was being dealt to San Francisco with Rhoden for Will Clark and two pitchers.

This was George Steinbrenner at his most vindictive. He had been taking potshots at his most popular players for years. At the 1988 All-Star break, for example, The Boss described Mattingly as “the most unproductive .300 hitter in baseball.” A month later, Mattingly for the first time in his career fired back, stating, “You come here and play, and they give you money but no respect.” He said without the respect he didn’t want to play there and that the atmosphere was joyless.

“If you embarrassed him in some way, he was going to get you,” Mattingly recalls. “He doesn’t care about the consequences, he is going to move you. It is different from owners today. If he didn’t want you there, you were gone.”

But once the Giants deal fell apart, Steinbrenner and Mattingly slowly thawed their relationship. Mattingly stayed, and in another lost Yankee season in 1989, drove in 113 runs — 50 more than anyone on the team.

On Jan. 22, 1990 — the same day Milli Vanilli won three American Music Awards — Clark signed a four-year, $15 million pact to stay in San Francisco. The $3.75 million average was a record and moved Steinbrenner to complain, “How can you pay a ballplayer 3, 3 ½ million a year when the chief of staff is making just $77,000?”

He had his agenda with his own first baseman. Mattingly was about to enter his walk year and had made Opening Day a deadline to do a deal or else he would not sign before free agency. Steinbrenner relented on a no-trade provision, but delayed enough to announce the signing of his star to try to overshadow Mets’ Opening Day and Game 3 of an Islanders-Rangers playoff series. Mattingly was bestowed five years at $19.3 million — trading not teams, but places atop the highest-paid player ever chart with Clark.

“I figured if I took care of business on the field, everything else would work out,” Mattingly recalls. “It was stress-free for me.”

Except it would never work out on the field like before for Mattingly, ever again.

Mattingly had a bad back and great work ethic, a combination that veered him away from Cooperstown. He had a degenerative disk problem and a mentality that the answer to any problem — from pain to a slump — was more work. He had managed through the discomfort of previous years, but not in 1990. His hand-eye coordination was as special as ever, however the ferocious torque from his swing was gone and so was his power. His back just would not allow him freeness or ferocity.

“The Kevin Maas thing was pretty special. We didn’t have a very good team, but we had a very good player.” — Dave LaPoint, one of the Yankee starters in 1990

“You keep bouncing back because you are young,” Mattingly says now. “But this one just wouldn’t go away.”

Mattingly tried familiar stoicism and new techniques, but the career .323 hitter was at just .262 with five homers through 70 games on June 28.

That day, the A’s signed Jose Canseco to a five-year, $23.5 million contract, eclipsing Mattingly’s for the largest ever. And the Yankees demoted Deion Sanders and brought up a lefty hitter with matinee-idol looks who for a few weeks looked as if he might eclipse Mattingly.

“The Kevin Maas thing was pretty special,” Dave LaPoint, one of the Yankee starters in 1990, remembers. “We didn’t have a very good team, but we had a very good player.”

And no one saw it coming.

Maas was a 22nd-round pick in 1986 who had a steady, successful rise through the organization and actually might have reached the majors in 1989, but in July, rounding first base while hitting .320 at Triple-A, he heard his right knee pop. Lying on the ground, waiting for the trainer, he began wondering what he could do with a Cal-Berkeley engineering degree.

Maas actually went back to finish school after surgery, was taken off the 40-man roster and in spring training 1990 did not leave a calling card with coaches or players — Jim Leyritz was the first hitter the Yanks called up trying to revive the offense that season. While in Triple-A early in 1990, Maas visited the Louisville Slugger plant in need of bats. They didn’t have any of his. But they had his specs — 34 inches, 33 ounces — and gave him the model of a player beginning his first full season with the Cubs. They were Joe Girardi’s bats.

Once in the majors, though, everyone quickly became aware of Maas’ bat — and appearance. Maas was the slugger out of central casting. He had broad shoulders, a chiseled jaw, a head of parted black hair that didn’t come out of place in the wind. He not only had a lefty launch swing, but had decided to move up on the plate and concentrate on pulling the ball more, a combination that allowed him to pull even outside pitches. He also had plate discipline. Kevin Maas had soap opera looks and a Yankee Stadium swing.

By early July, Mattingly finally conceded his back was no good and didn’t play the final seven games before the break, then missed the All-Star Game for the first time since 1983. On July 4 — Steinbrenner’s 60th birthday — Maas played first base for the second time in the majors and hit his first homer, off Kansas City’s Bret Saberhagen. By the end of July, Maas had eight homers, one in Texas off Nolan Ryan to help keep the future Hall of Famer from winning his 300th game. (Ryan was allowed to throw 139 pitches despite permitting seven runs as his manager tried to get him the milestone. That manager was Bobby Valentine.)

Former Yankee Kevin Maas takes a swing during the 2017 Old Timers' Day game.
Former Yankee Kevin Maas takes a swing during the 2017 Old Timers’ Day game.Paul J. Bereswill

By late July, Mattingly was in the midst of an eight-week disabled list stint. By Aug. 11, Maas had set the major league record for fewest at-bats to reach 10, 13 and 15 homers. The Yankees were suggesting a Wally Pipp situation might be taking place and Mattingly when healthy might have to move to the outfield. Mattingly didn’t blink. He liked Maas, thought he was a humble kid and could help the Yankees win. Mattingly was tired and frustrated with losing and would do what was necessary for that to stop.

But Mattingly would not have to move off first base. As it turns out, the most important service that Mattingly and Maas would perform after 1990 had nothing to do with lefty power in the middle of the lineup.

It may be lost to time, but Mattingly’s popularity was Jeter-esque before Derek Jeter. LaPoint remembers having to essentially smuggle Mattingly out of team hotels on the road just so he could avoid fans and join teammates for beers, darts, pool “to just be one of the guys.” And he was one of the guys, good at dishing it out and taking it. That helped make him a beloved teammate, along with his work ethic, professionalism and humility.

So his back pain was felt by the entire team. So was his career-long absence from the playoffs. Players who would come along in subsequent years — perhaps none more than Jeter and especially Paul O’Neill — looked to Mattingly as a wiseman on how to be a Yankee.

“I was trying to be the best player I could possibly be and working hard,” Mattingly recalls. “I still wanted to be great. I was taking it seriously. Who knows what effect it had?”

Plenty. The Yanks kept getting better in Mattingly’s waning, less effective seasons and rallied to get him to October in 1995, the first Yankees playoff team since 1981.

“Don would not scream or yell, but there was no question who was the leader,” remembers Steve Sax, the Yankees’ second baseman in 1990. “When he spoke, when he whispered, people listened. Rightfully so. He carried the clout. Talk about someone who gave their heart and soul to the game.”

Maas, who finished second for the 1990 AL Rookie of the Year, opened 1991 as the DH. There were 23 homers, but just a .220 average. He lost his grip on the full-time DH role by the following year, and soon was asking to escape the Yankees. Theories? He was too robotic and did not adapt as well as pitchers adapted to him. Bill Livesey, who drafted Maas for the Yankees, says now that Maas reacted poorly to being criticized for being selective and suddenly lost his plate discipline.

In many ways, Maas was a player ahead of his time. “He was a Moneyball player,” Bob Geren says now. He hit homers, walked and struck out. Squint and you could see a lot of Kyle Schwarber in him.

But what Maas did for the Yankees that outlived his effectiveness was remind the organization that players could come from the system and have success and excite the home fans. So when Bernie Williams arrived in 1991, touted but not fully formed, there was a little more patience to see if homegrown could work. As Livesey says now, “Before Kevin we were reluctant to do that.”

Mattingly was done after 1995. Maas, after tours with the Reds, Padres and Twins organizations, returned to Columbus in 1995 to play with Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Maas, at 31, tried to make the Yankees again in 1996, but was released on March 22 and never played in the majors again.

The 1996 Yankees of Jeter, O’Neill and Williams won the World Series.

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Gleason’s Gym owner makes powerful case for a boxing reopening

Evan Lewis



Gleason's Gym owner makes powerful case for a boxing reopening

It is the famous Brooklyn gym where the likes of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson and Jake LaMotta and Roberto Duran have trained, and it is itching to get back on its feet after being floored by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bruce Silverglade has owned Gleason’s Gym for 38 years, and while he recognizes there are more important issues unfolding in the city and in the state and in the country, he believes that the boxers there — in particular the pros — and trainers are victims of a sports injustice.

Silverglade cites Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.3, which states: “Any gym, fitness centers or classes, and movie theaters shall also cease operation effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020 until further notice,” and says:

“I’m not trying to get into a fight with the government, ’cause in the long run, I’ll lose. I just want to say I think that Gleason’s Gym is an exception, and somebody should give me their ear, and listen to what I have to say.

“The Executive Order is very broad and should have a review process for exceptions to the broad-based plan. I do not think Gleason’s Gym should be included with New York Sports Clubs or yoga studios.”

Silverglade slams a left hook into the idea that the Brooklyn Nets, about two miles from him in Prospect Heights, are allowed individual practice workouts for no more than four players at a time.

“I have professional players that want to prepare for professional boxing matches,” Silverglade told The Post. “Somebody should listen to the fact that professional fighters are not able to train where all the other professional athletes are.”

Bruce Silverglade argues that since Gleason’s Gym trains professional boxers, including past greats such as Muhammad Ali, his facility should be subject to the same rules that apply to the Brooklyn Nets and not treated like “New York Sports Clubs or yoga studios.”
Bruce Silverglade argues that since Gleason’s Gym trains professional boxers, including past greats such as Muhammad Ali, his facility should be subject to the same rules that apply to the Brooklyn Nets and not treated like “New York Sports Clubs or yoga studios.”William Miller

Junior welterweight Mikkel LesPierre is training outdoors with trainer Joan Guzman at Bronx River Park for a June 18 bout in Las Vegas against Jose Pedraza.

“I haven’t been able to hit a speed bag or a heavy bag or a double-end bag or use a ring,” LesPierre told The Post, “so everything that I’m doing now to prepare for this fight I’ve had to kinda recreate in my own way with whatever’s around me.”

To simulate the ring mat, LesPierre, 35, moves to a turf track near Gun Hill Road. “Instead of hitting the heavy bag, we will take like a body shield and we’ll strap it to a tree and then we hit the body shield that attaches to the tree,” LesPierre said.

Professional trainer Don Saxby, who is trying to make ends meet as an artist and cartoonist, was forced to file for unemployment. He trained Usher for his Sugar Ray Leonard role in “Hands of Stone.” He was training one of his fighters at an outdoors park on Cadman Plaza and Tillery St.

“Now that I know that gyms are opening up for professional athletes, my guys are professional athletes as well,” Saxby told The Post. “Why can’t we get extended the same courtesy, seriously?”

Silverglade estimates that there are 50 professional boxers at Gleason’s, and 12-20 trainers who train them, and 92 trainers in total.

“I don’t think a professional fighter should be discriminated against because he doesn’t have the representation,” Silverglade said.

Elite amateur boxers are also taking a mandatory eight count.

“New York amateurs are at quite a disadvantage,” Silverglade said. “There are national championships that are coming up later in the year, and if you’re in another state, you’re allowed to train and prepare for it. If you’re a New York City boxer, you can’t train and so you’re certainly gonna be at a disadvantage if you want to fight for a national championship, which represents the United States on some sort of international competition.”

Silverglade foresees no problem abiding by current recommended health protocols and an audience-free environment.

“It would be easy to police because professional fighters are licensed by the NYSAC and have been issued federal IDs. I can provide a reopening plan that will fully satisfy the department of health,” Silverglade said.

Gleason’s opened in 1937 and boasts that it has trained 136 world champions.

“I want to open, I want to open as soon as I can, so if it’s a first step to opening that I can only have pro fighters, that’s what I’m basically trying to do,” Silverglade said.

Silverglade has been unable to reach anyone at the governor’s office, but vows to keep punching.

“It’s just the principle of it,” he says. “Why is a professional fighter not as good as a professional basketball player, or a professional baseball player?”

Down … but not out.

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