Meet your Coaches
Jessica Smith is the owner and operator of BoxSmith, in business since February of 2015. In 2016, the gym moved to its permanent studio-space in West Roxbury and has grown into a small but fierce dynamo focused on building community and fitness through the sport of boxing.
Jess is the gym's chief instructor - she teaches all evening and weekend small-group classes and oversees the sparring program. She holds a current CPR-certification and safety is ALWAYS her number one priority. She wants you to get everything possible from your workout; her goal is for you to leave every class covered in sweat and feeling like you've made some real improvements to your boxing technique. She has daytime, evening, and weekend availability for personal training and private coaching and gets really fired up designing specialized personal training and boxing regimens for her private clients.
Injured? Out of Shape? New to Boxing?
No problem! Jess is comfortable working with all abilities and fitness levels, and tailors her workouts to optimize each class member's capabilities and physical limitations. While Jess will push you to challenge yourself and offers an intense workout, all classes are meant to be self-paced. Slow down if you need a breather; push harder if you can handle more! You'll see a great range of ages, genders, and fitness levels in all the small-group classes (and lots of modifications being made for all kinds of injuries!)
Have a fitness or weight goal in mind?
Jess is thrilled to offer free nutritional counseling as part of your gym membership and is almost as passionate talking about food planning and meal prep as she is about boxing. Your goals are her goals! :)
Just Love Boxing? Want to learn how to "really" look like Tyson, Lomachenko, or Ali?
Jess is a passionate boxing enthusiast that is just as excited to correct your form as she is to nerd out with you over an upcoming fight. Like for hours. Seriously.
Jess has lots of experience training amateur boxers and would love to corner your first (or seventeenth!!) fight. She holds current USA Boxing certifications in Level I Coaching and Level I Referee/Judging. And her coaching doesn't end when you walk out the door - she's with you all the way, from nutrition, to outside-the-gym workout plans, to the occasional (or frequent!) emotional support. She absolutely loves creating progressive training programs that are individually-tailored to each fighter. Jess is also super proud to have an ongoing relationship (both as an alumni and as a coach) with Haymakers for Hope, a charity that gives "ordinary" people the chance to get in the ring and fight for the first time while simultaneously raising money to cure cancer.
Have a Question?
Contact Jess directly at or 929-BOX-BOX-1
Kim Holman teaches Youth & Teen Boxing Classes and subs for small-group classes.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After training with Jess for her first amateur fight (Haymakers), Kim found herself engrossed in the sport of boxing and unwilling to stop training. She can be found at BoxSmith continuing her training several days per week, and tracking down everything she can watch or read about the sport.
Prior to and outside of the gym, Kim trains and works as a choreographer for stage, film, and tv. Kim’s extensive dance background fuels her interest in boxing. Beyond an appreciation for footwork, she loves how both dance and boxing test the limits of one’s physicality and focus, pushing you beyond what you think you can do.
Kim teaches to share her love of boxing. She holds an active USA Boxing Amateur Boxing passbook, and is a USA Boxing Level 1 Certified Coach. As an instructor, she wants to help give you the tools to fuel your fire for the sport, and help work through your frustration.
Tracy Milan teaches the Tuesday and Thursday morning group bag and conditioning classes and is available to conduct personal training sessions at other times - please reach out to her directly at for information on her availability and other information on private coaching rates.
I started off boxing in the basement of a local Community Center, punching a padded pole. By the time I graduated to hitting a heavy bag in an actual gym, I was hooked! And I’ve been boxing ever since.
In an earlier career, as a child development specialist and social worker, I spent a great deal of time figuring out how to present information in a way that was helpful to people, and assisting them in developing the skills and resilience they needed to achieve their goals. Helping people develop their boxing skills feels like a natural progression from that earlier work. Plus it’s a lot more fun!
I am excited by so many aspects of boxing; the technical skill of a well-thrown punch, the mental challenge of learning combinations and developing fight strategy, the physical satisfaction of surviving a hard workout, and the camaraderie that one develops with their fellow boxers. And I love being able to share my knowledge and passion for boxing with other people as a USA Boxing Certified coach.. I enjoy getting the chance to work with people who are discovering boxing for the first time, as well as with those who have been boxing for a while and are wanting to delve deeper into the sport or who simply enjoy it for the full-body workout that it provides. I just grateful for the opportunity to both work and play in a boxing gym!
All BoxSmith coaches and subs are USABoxing and CPR certified.