Whether your only exposure to boxing is from the Rocky movies or you’re an experienced mixed martial artist looking to challenge yourself, Philly’s Next Champ can keep you in the ring.

Philly’s Next Champ specializes in three levels of Boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Kid’s MMA Classes. Our gym has hired the best trainers to provide an intense workout for men, women, and children. Our children’s classes begin as early as 4 years of age. For Personal Training or to register for a class, please give us a call at 215-961-2210, email us at phillysnextchamp@gmail.com, or stop in for a free introductory class. We are located in Northeast Philadelphia at 1810 Grant Ave., Lower Level.


MIKE CASSELL:  Head Boxing Coach “Certified USA Amateur Boxing Coach”

     Mike Cassell has been involved in the Philadelphia boxing scene since his first amateur fight in 1981. For the past 15 years, Mike has given his full attention to training some of the most elite boxers in Philadelphia. Given his many years of boxing, he brings a wealth of knowledge to all who train under him. Outside of training, Mike has worked as a writer for the Boxing Writers Association of America and has also worked as a local broadcaster and national broadcaster for televised boxing events. He hosted his own show on ESPN radio, as well as the Fighting City Radio Show for the Armed Forces network. Mike is a registered boxing historian and has been shown on the History Channel and Discovery Channel several times, and featured in many other documentaries. Mike has produced multiple State Champs, Golden Gloves Champions, National Champs, and Intercontinental Champs over the years and hopes to rise up even more champions at Philly’s Next Champ!

ALEX RODRIGUEZ: Head Muay Thai Coach

      This Philly native Alex Rodriguez has had a lifetime of experience in Muay Thai Kickboxing. He has had great success competing in tournaments and events all over the United States and even in Thailand. Alex has competed in over 6+ different weight classes. On top of his explosive Muay Thai career he has also found victories competing in Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts fights.  Alex is a 3 stripe Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He brings a true intensity to all of his classes and focuses on proper technique with an emphasis on conditioning.  Alex is available for PERSONAL TRAINING (all ages and genders) and has a flexible schedule to accommodate your busy life style.  Please feel free to contact him direct at 215-758-4656.

NATALIE DOVE: Head of Youth Boxing

     Natalie Dove is a 16 year old girl from Philadelphia.  She has been boxing since she was 11 years old.  She has trained out of Philly’s Next Champ Gym since the beginning.  Natalie is currently the #1 ranked female Junior Boxer in the United States and a member of the United States National Boxing Team.   Natalie is a 2x’s Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Champion, a 3x’s Women’s National Golden Gloves Champion,  a USA Boxing National Champion and a USA Boxing Junior Olympic Champion.   Natalie has attended boxing training camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, Las Vegas, NV and Dallas, TX.    Natalie’s ultimate goal is to prepare for the Olympic Qualification Trials in 2019 and represent the United States in the summer Olympic Games of 2020, Tokyo, Japan.


      Mike Winkler is currently a black belt in mixed martial arts under master Cavacanti and the Carlson Gracie team, and a 2nd degree purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Practicing martial arts for the past 19 years, Mike has vast experience in all areas of fighting. He has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Russian Sambo, Muay Thai kick boxing, Boxing, and MMA tournaments. After being MMACA certified through the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Administration, he now brings his experience to Philly’s Next Champ Gym to help develop members of all age groups. He will being members of the gym of all age groups to a higher level athletically, mentally, physically, competitively, and technically.

PAT SABATINI:  JiuJitsu Black Belt/ Pro MMA Fighter

     Coach Pat Sabatini is a JiuJitsu Black Belt, Pro MMA Fighter and former D1 Wrestler from Ryder University where he graduated. He is also a Pan Am BJJ Brown Belt Champion. He has many belts and championships in his collection.

TYRONE MEBANE (Coach TY):  Boxing & Fitness Instructor

Coach TY specializes in Total Body Fitness, Boxing, Nutrition & Powerlifting.  He is a 12 year Combat Army Veteran with 10 years of Fitness Expertise.  He is all about motivating his clients and assisting them in achieving their goals while creating a better version of themselves.  His goal is to make fitness fun for each of his clients and have it become a daily part of their lives.  You can contact Coach TY by calling the gym or calling him personally at 267-506-4948.