This film is currently in production

Don't Quit Champ
The Story of Lennox Blackmoore

Co-Producer Saloni Sharma
Co-Producer Joshua Teicher

The story of Guyanese 2 x Commonwealth World Champion Boxer and Boxing Trainer out of World Famous Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn NY.

How it came about

Official Teaser

Lennox promo video


Don’t Quit Champ chronicles the life and times of Guyanese boxer and trainer Lennox Blackmoore – two-time winner of the Commonwealth title and once contender for a World title, whose profound effect as a trainer and mentor within the Guyanese Community continues to be powerfully felt as he attempts, at 74, to train one last boxer for a world title out of Brooklyn’s World Famous Gleason’s boxing Gym.


New York State Council on the Arts 10,000.00

Individual donors $1000.00

Joey Vassallo, Malissa Smith, Denise Farley, Don Azzou, Lois Teicher, Leslie Nowinski, Nancy Steiner, Michael Uys, Hector Stoute, Deidra Hamaguchi, June

Me, Joshua Teicher - The Film Maker

I started training with Lennox Blackmoore at the World Famous Gleason’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, New York City. Spending many mornings, days, and nights at the gym. One day Lennox pulled down a torn old-ragged photo book from the top of his locker. I was transfixed by the old black and white photos and newspaper articles. I was inspired enough by his experiences and began to use my skills as a filmmaker to record his stories. Lennox is quite a character, a rare and unique individual. He has reached his dreams and has the stories to prove it. We both agreed his story would make an excellent documentary. Now the world will get an opportunity to know the champion, the trainer, and the man, Lennox Blackmoore.


Lennox’s Blackmoore
Executive Producer

Lennox Blackmoore was the first Guyanese boxer to win the British Commonwealth title in 1977. Lennox boxing record is 25 and 5. He is currently a trainer at the World Famous Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn NY.

Bruce Silverglade
Executive Producer

Bruce Silverglade is the owner of World Famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn NY. Over the last forty years, Bruce Silverglade has been busy keeping one of boxing’s grandest traditions alive. He is the driving force behind Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, a boxing treasure since 1937.
One of the last of New York City’s thriving boxing gyms, Gleason’s has been the training headquarters for such legends as Jake LaMotta, Muhammad Ali and Roberto Duran. In all, 136 World Champions have trained inside the gym’s hallowed walls. 

"Don't Quit Champ" Co-Producer Saloni Sharma

Saloni Sharma oversees Tourism for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce through which she supports and advocates for Brooklyn’s tourism recovery and growth, with a focus on underrepresented communities and businesses.  Ms. Sharma is an immigrant from the southern African country of Zambia and began her career as a community organizer to support small businesses in her neighborhood.  She has a passion for writing and exploring local stories and how they impact a community and believes that fact is in fact stranger than fiction.  She is an amateur boxer at Gleason’s Gym training for her first fight.

Risk and challenges

I and many others have been working on this project for over two years without pay (in-between bread and butter jobs) . We still need to film eight additional interviews (Lennox’s many fighters and family members) to get this film done. Which means we will need funds to pay camera operators and lighting equipment, additional animation, which is very time-consuming, color correction, and audio mixing. We also need to pay for rights to footage and music to use in the final documentary and hire the archivist to track down all the rights. One of the biggest challenges has been cataloging Lennox’s entire photo album, taking physical photographs, and repurposing them for video. Even just doing the animation myself for the teaser took many hours of trial and error. The hours of video editing alone have come at the cost of paid projects I have been unable to pursue and time away from my kids. Like a boxer’s journey, filmmaking is often a solitary endeavor and the execution of a single-minded vision. However, many other people have stepped up to offer assistance and this has been a real community effort! It is my objective to inspire people to pursue their own personal goals and push through life’s challenges. “Don’t Quit Champ” was the Guyanese cheer for Lennox in his early days and I hope this story pushes forth that same spirit!