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Boxing To Stop Street Violence

Step inside Street Beefs — the fight club you're allowed to talk about. 🥊

Safe space for those without a community

Fighting may not always be solving problems — but for the men and women of Street Beefs, it's become an outlet. The amateur fight club features competitors fighting in unlicensed matches at The Yard — a backyard venue in Harrisburg, VA. Chris Wallace launched the program in 2007 as part of the “Guns Down, Gloves Up,” campaign to end street violence. Wallace considers it a safe space for recovering addicts, formerly incarcerated people, those without a community.

I love this for boxing. I've studied it my whole life. And because I'm different brain wise[…] People won't give me an opportunity, but Street Beefs gave me opportunity. They were like, “Yo, you can box?” like, yeah, let's do it. It's like, OK, then they put me in the cage and I can have fun. Street Beefs is a place where people with disputes can come if talking and everything else not solve it. They can put on gloves and solve it with an MMA match or a boxing match. I've experienced street violence over petty disputes. I've almost died from street violence, but I've known multiple people who have died from not even just street violence. Does violence from disputes. And I think everybody needs an outlet. And this is one more outlet. You know, you can come here and settle it and talk it out. You don't have to fight. You know, it keeps the peace,” Chris Wallace, Founder - Street Beefs tells Brut.

Violent crime has fallen steadily in the U.S. since the 1990s, but has seen upward spikes since 2016 as reported by Pew Research Center. Wallace focuses on a grassroots approach to conflict resolution and promotes boxing as a healthy alternative to street violence. Street Beefs' YouTube channel now has over 1 million followers.

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12/24/2019 6:58 PM
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74 comments

  • Bvr S.
    12/31/2019 19:36

    Tht's how it use 2 be handled here on The Rez... Sometimes...? The 2 guys wld end up be Buds... 🙂

  • Jason R.
    12/31/2019 17:31

    everyone's dying on their feet because they don't do their sprints or have footwork

  • Gavin S.
    12/30/2019 11:21

    When yall guna have one around clevland area

  • Kelsiana S.
    12/29/2019 06:16

    put some money out thea and i’ll do it

  • Michael R.
    12/29/2019 05:42

    HELL YEAH SETTLE IN GHETTO

  • Cody G.
    12/28/2019 19:28

    This may solve a lot of our problems lol

  • Roger T.
    12/26/2019 15:00

    It sounds good until someone dies then see what will happen.

  • Primitivo M.
    12/26/2019 06:35

    My place,,!!

  • Lew S.
    12/26/2019 05:52

    Add grappling and I'm in..

  • Gonzalo A.
    12/26/2019 00:27

    👀

  • Abraham E.
    12/25/2019 17:37

    I have someone in mind I want to beat up. All he does is sucker punch people and hide like a little b****

  • Mel O.
    12/24/2019 22:01

    A sick way to treat sick people. Won't it make them sicker?

  • De G.
    12/24/2019 19:43

    great idea

  • Dianne P.
    12/24/2019 19:34

    Better than guns!

  • Judy N.
    12/24/2019 19:21

    This is what Street Gangs did back in the 60’s without the gloves though in Michigan.

  • Younes G.
    12/24/2019 19:06

    عندك شي مشكل مع شي حد ؟ عيط ليه و سيرو تفاهمو هير بالعقل و 👊👊👊

  • Shawn J.
    12/18/2019 01:31

    Anyone who wants to support Street Beefs and or fight,join the Street Beefs Facebook group! Info on the fighters and upcoming events along with interaction with the fighters and Scarface himself ! GUNS DOWN GLOVES UP

  • Shawn J.
    12/17/2019 20:52

    Street Beefs for life!

  • Dow J.
    12/17/2019 00:28

    Shogun Black is a hell of a Boxer,very strategic...

  • Christopher W.
    12/16/2019 23:11

    my names actually christopher wilmore...but oh well🤷🏽‍♂️