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BATTLE REPUBLIC

BATTLE REPUBLIC

By Kaydee Mulvehill

Photo by Telegraph Creative

When I walked into Battle Republic for the first time, I half expected to be met by a sweaty gym coach screaming profanities at a boxer while “Eye of the Tiger” blared in the background. On the contrary, I was greeted by Leah Drury, one of the co-owners of Battle Republic, and she graciously offered me a tour. 

As she showed me around, I quickly realized this was not your average boxing gym. I quietly peeked my head into one of the classes and was struck by the atmosphere. In a darkened room, boxers stood in front of individual punching bags, while a hand-selected playlist featuring local artists such as Wilder Adkins guided them through the cool down. To quote Lindsey Miller, another one of Battle Republic’s co-owners, “Boxing can be really unapproachable. Not many people want to get hit in the face. This is neat because you still get the workout and the relief of fighting, but no one is swinging at you.” 

Once I had a chance to sit down with the team and hear more… [read more…]