White-collar boxing has its beginnings at Gleason’s Gym in New York. The gym began organizing informal fights between the white-collar workers of his clientele in the late 1980s, which later developed into regular monthly events. After developing into a regular monthly event, the sport came to prominence in the mid-1990s in the UK under ‘The Real Fight Club’ promotional company.
Its target market wasn’t ‘blue collar’ working class kids that are heavily associated to the amateur and professional codes. A new breed of boxer consisting of city centre professions such as bankers, lawyers and accountants are named ‘white collar’ due to the fact they wear a shirt and tie to work.