We believe that important life skills including goal setting, commitment, dedication, hard work, responsibility, sportsmanship, and personal perseverance can be taught through the art and sport of boxing. We also believe the youth in St. Paul and surrounding communities need this now more than ever. For that reason, the Rice Street Old School Boxing Gym was founded as a MN 501(3)(c) non-profit organization by Linda Wojcik and Mike Evgen, former World IBO Jr. Welterweight Professional Boxer known as “The Rice Street Rocker.”
The organization is working hard to come together with community connections, financial resources, the City of St. Paul and volunteers to provide a safe recreational boxing workout facility for area youth.
FOUNDER & COACH Mike Evgen A.K.A. “The Rice Street Rocker”
Boxing Career Achievements include:
Amateur – Mike began boxing at age 12 to honor his cousin Tommy Luger who was an amateur boxer and was shot and killed at the age of 20. Mike’s two uncles, Jay and Sonny Pelzer coached him. Mike went on to win the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves 6 times in four different weight classes between the ages of 16 and 21. His amateur fights took him to several states including Hawaii and abroad to Ireland.
Professional – Mike fought professionally from 1989 to 1997. Mike had a total of 37 pro fights and finished with a record of 31 Wins and 6 Losses. Mike won the World IBO Jr. Welterweight Title on April 9th 1992 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in his home town of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mike Evgen’s experience as a professional and amateur boxer allow him the opportunity to share decades of knowledge with all who enter the gym.
COACH Dan Morgan A.K.A. “Irish Danny Morgan”
COACH Matt Vanda A.K.A “The PredatoR”
Chairman: Mark Evgen
President: Linda Wojcik
Vice President: Mike Evgen
Secretary: Jenel Wojcik
Director: Paul Kusterman
Director: Dave Lovick
Director: Pete Holm
Director: Bob Fletcher
Director: Paul Kamp