Want to try boxing in Dubai but don’t know where to start? Here are 9 of the best…

Punch your way to fitness at a boxing class. But which one is right for you? We’ve tried the best in Dubai to help you choose where to go. Seconds out, round one, ding ding…

Real Boxing Only – RBO

Best for: Building boxers from the ground up
Location: Al Quoz
Real Boxing Only is a clean new take on the grungy authentic boxing gyms, with an upstairs area for conditioning, and a ring for sparring and weight-training downstairs. It specialises in building fighters from the ground up – with emphasis on technique and style with the pro trainers.There are real technique classes as well as fitness classes available, but the focus is on traditional sparring and fighting styles.
Dhs75 per class, Dhs525 per month. rgboxing.com


Best for: Learning how to box proper
Location: Al Quoz
One of the biggest gyms in Dubai, and the home of BoxIQ, Gymnation has its own ring, as well as boxing and kickboxing classes. Joe Ackery, founder – and all-round top bloke – of BoxIQ will teach you the fundamentals of boxing, applying your skills on the bags and in the ring. His ethos is about upping your boxing IQ (hence the name) and is about smart training and boxing. It’s also one of the most affordable gyms in town.
Dhs75 per class, membership rates start from Dhs199 per month. gymnation.ae


Best for: Trying a range of combat sports
Location: Dubai Media City
Pro MMA fighter Tam Khan opened TK MMA, which is a celebration of all things martial arts and it has fast become a Dubai favourite for combat sport lovers. Boasting a spacious outdoor terrace with plenty of weight areas, an MMA octagon and boxing ring, TK MMA takes the holistic approach, with weights, conditioning areas and classes including jiu jitsu and MMA.
Dhs105 per class, membership rates available on request. tkmmafit.com

Underdog Boxing

Best for: Nightclub boxing vibes
Location: Dubai Media City

A slick new gym run by #couplegoal duo Linda and Brian, Underdog has opened in Dubai Media City and is a shiny addition to the city’s boxing scene. Pick from quirkily named classes such as boxn (12 rounds of boxing combos on aqua bags), boxnbody (a mix of strength and boxing training) or boxnflow (with boxing and yoga integrated). This trendy gym is more Instagram-friendly than your regular boxing gym.
Dhs120 for two-class package. underdogboxn.com

Round 10

Best for: Those looking to get into amateur fighting
Location: Al Quoz

Round 10 gym is well known for its professional boxers and well-attended events. Fresh from a spate of pro wins, their fighters are also the coaches at the gym, so you know they know their stuff. This is the place to go if you want to truly immerse yourself in Dubai’s boxing community. The dual-level gym offers introductory fit-boxing classes, as well as a range of conditioning and technique classes to get you in shape.
Dhs105 per class, Dhs690 per month. round10boxing.com


Best for: Meeting boxing buddies
Location: JBR and Business Bay
Team spirit is the name of the game at UFC Gym’s JBR and Business Bay branches; after every class, participants gather in a circle, throw their hands in the middle, and shout ‘team’, creating a sense of camaraderie between gym-goers. The daily classes are varied – boxing/kickboxing conditioning and MMA is appropriately challenging.
Dhs105 per class, membership rates available on request. ufcgym.com

XFIT By Fitness First

Best for: Getting fit, fast
Location: Business Central Towers, Dubai Internet City
This plush gym has plenty of punching bags, weight-lifting classes, circuits and conditioning. More of a fit-box approach, the classes are a fast and hard burn, with high intensity interval training.You’ll use your bodyweight to help burn those calories, while throwing some boxing combinations.
Dhs80 per class, from Dhs699 per month. fitnessfirst.me

Champions Club

Best for: Trying a few different martial arts
Location: Cluster L, JLT
Tucked away in JLT, Champions Club is a quiet achiever, with Les Mills classes on offer, sparring practice, conditioning and your regular boxing practice. Founded by three-time world champion MMA fighter Prince Amir, the gym offers karate, jiu jitsu, muay thai, MMA and boxing training, with a huge range of classes and times.
Classes start at Dhs60. thechampionclub.com


Best for: Short, sharp sessions
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Wasl
Short and sharp, 9Round boxing offers 30-minute workouts on various stations. A mix of kick-boxing, boxing and abdominal exercises will have you gasping for air by the final minutes. It’s broken up into three-minute circuits, so you’ll never get bored, and with only 30 minutes per session it’s a fast and hard burn.
Starting from Dhs790 per month. uae.9round.com

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By Caitlyn Davey
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