Published on October 5th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


UFC Fighter Justin Gaethje On Rebuilding Denver’s Topeira Boxing Club With Modelo, Music, Training, Career Goals & More

Earlier this year, Joaquin Romero — the owner of Topeira Boxing Club — died tragically in a hit-and-run accident, leaving the gym to his father Oscar. Modelo and UFC recently announced that they were helping Oscar honor his son by providing the gym with new boxing rings, punching bags, windows, security doors, electrical outlets, additional mirrors, coat of paint, lockers and storage shelves. UFC star Justin Gaethje, a long-time Denver local, was on-site for this inspiring gym revitalization project.

Topeira Boxing Club revitalization aside, Justin Gaethje is a former UFC Lightweight Champion, and is currently ranked #3 within UFC’s Lightweight division. Prior to finding success within UFC, Gaethje was a two-time Arizona state champion as an amateur wrestler on the high school level and an NCAA Division I All-American within the same sport. He turned pro within the MMA world in 2011, quickly winning gold within the World Series Of Fighting organization. The man known as “The Highlight” was last seen in a UFC octagon in May as part of UFC 274 with a return to fighting expected very soon.

On September 27, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Justin Gaethje via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond his work with Modelo and the Topeira Boxing Club, Gaethje opened up about music, hobbies outside MMA, career goals, positivity and why he calls Denver home. More on Gaethje and his various endeavors — including this Modelo-sponsored project — can be found here, here and here.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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