ATLANTA – An officer has challenged the cop-hating-gym-owner to a boxing match. Yes ladies and gentleman, there’s been a throw-down. Where will it go from here?
“Rules: Do whatever the hell you want, correctly, except Crossfit cultism. No f****** cops.”
Jim Chambers, who owns EAV Barbell Club, says the “no cops” policy is also extended to the military. As a lifelong political activist, he doesn’t want any heroes in his gym. He believes they make his minority clientele uncomfortable. And he makes no apologies for his sign or attitude.
While many have expressed outrage over the sign at the club in Atlanta, one officer has taken a different approach.
Officer Issues Challenge
Tommy Lefever has issued a challenge, reported 11Alive. He wants to fight Chambers in the ring.
“He seems like he might enjoy getting the opportunity to punch a cop in the face and I’d be happy to oblige him and give him that opportunity,” the Fayetteville, Georgia resident said. “I found, you sweat, you bleed with somebody, you exchange punches with somebody in a sport like boxing, it’s hard not to respect the guy for getting in there with you afterwards,” he said.
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The negative story sparked the idea with Lefever, who asked to keep the department he works for anonymous. He told 11Alive’s Chris Hopper he understands the challenges police officers face in 2017. But, the seven-year police veteran said he hopes the boxing match will change Chambers’ mind.
While it may not be billed like the highly publicized Mayweather vs. McGregor match coming soon, it would certainly draw attention. Yet more importantly, Lefever said it’s not about breaking a nose, but bridging a gap.
Big Picture Purpose
“Gaining mutual respect for one another in the boxing ring might be the start of something that can help overcome differences in world view, ideology, what have you,” he said.
Whether it will work or not is unknown. But for now, the offer is on the table. Lefever believes the event could raise money for the police athletic league. It could be a fight with a “big picture purpose.”
“There’s more work to be done, and I’d love to,” he said. “If there’s anything I can do to help make that connection, then it’s totally worth it to get in the ring with a guy and make it happen.”
Chambers laughed when 11Alive told him about Lefever’s offer. He said he wanted to know if it would be a fair fight before he accepted. Meanwhile, Lefever said he’d love to start a conversation and see where it goes.
(Photo: Screenshot 11Alive broadcast)