Meet The Man Behind 3rd Street...

Paul Wade grew up in Dublin, Ireland before coming to San Francisco in 1993. Ten years and a Gold Gloves championship later, Wade founded 3rd Street Boxing Gym in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Third Street has been an institution in the Bay Area since 2003, and much of its popularity and success can be attributed to the rigorous intensity Wade applies to his craft.

The gym has developed an incredibly loyal following over the years, and the community within personifies the grit and dedication it was founded to cultivate. Wade's relentless passion has inspired boxing enthusiasts, amateur and professional fighters, fitness experts, and even A-list celebrities to flock to 3rd Street. 

A few words from Paul himself...

I grew up fighting on the streets of Dublin, in a country that breeds fighters. Fighting is not just a sport to my people. It is a way of life, and has been for hundreds of years. From a rough start, I discovered boxing, which changed my life infinitely for the better.
— Paul Wade
I regard boxing professional and amateur, as a vigorous, healthful sport that develops courage, keenness of mind, quickness of eye, and a combativeness that fits everyone who engages in it for the daily tasks that confront them.
— Paul Wade
I want to play a part in bringing back to San Francisco the amazing sport of boxing in all its glory. I want to pay homage and respect to the fighters and trainers who came before us. This is my mission for Third Street gym.
— Paul Wade

Press Quotes

His punches are crisp, his nerves under control, his style polished. Wade moves around the ring with a confidence and determination that makes it clear he knows what he’s doing.
— SF Chronicle article on Wade's 2001 Gold Gloves Championship Victory
I studied karate for about eight years then became a professional kickboxer. Kickboxing is a sport that requires a fighters’ complete focus on and off the mat. As a young fighter I was extremely focused and aggressive and that is an attitude that doesn’t vanish when you leave the ring.
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I felt that San Francisco had a great boxing history, but there weren’t many boxing facilities left. I wanted a place that honored that past and could be a place where boxers could be taken care of. There is a saying in boxing that the closest thing to being a fighter is to be in the corner of the ring waiting to take care of your fighter. That’s part of what we do here.
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