About Fortitude Boxing Gym

Originally established in 1985, Fortitude Boxing is one of the last remaining old school boxing gyms in Brisbane. In fact, we’re more than just a gym, we’re a family, dedicated to supporting the growth of each individual.

From beginner boxing classes to training pro boxers, and everything in between, we have all bases covered. You will learn proper technique and skills from the best in the industry, while enjoying all the health and fitness benefits of boxing. We really care about you and your needs here, and our goal is to ensure you experience that care every time you set foot in our gym.

Here at Fortitude we believe that Teamwork Makes The Dream Work! So we have built a family-run gym where every member becomes just that, family. We understand that walking into a boxing gym when you have little experience can be intimidating, but everyone has to start somewhere, and we always go the extra mile to make you feel like part of the team!

Our new gym at Robertson Street is the second home of Fortitude Boxing. In the early hours of July 2nd, 2019, a devastating fire gutted the original gym on Kyabra Street. Trophies, belts and boxing accolades lined the walls in testament to the Fortitude Teams long success in Amateur and Professional Boxing both in Australia and Internationally. Our continued existence and success is a testament to all the people that make Fortitude Boxing great.

With one of the best decked out boxing gyms in Brisbane, we have everything you need to use for boxing, kickboxing, weight training, strength and conditioning and cardio with plenty of room and mats for a good stretch after. No matter what your aspirations are, our friendly and supportive team are dedicated to helping you to reach and exceed your goals!

Meet the Team

Steve Deller
Owner / Head boxing coach

The founder of Fortitude Boxing, Steve’s expertise in the field is unmatched. Having trained, managed, and promoted an astounding number of Olympians and Commonwealth Game Champions, State, National, and ONE World Champion, this man is the reason you come to Fortitude! Steve can be found around the gym and is always up for a yarn, so don’t forget to say HELLO!

Luke Meldon
Owner / Head Coach

Lightning Luke Meldon is one exceptional character.

Luke currently trains the current Australian Heavyweight Champion, Faiga Django Opelu, the Australian Light Heavyweight Champion, Conor Walace, and the Australasian Welterweight Champion, Ben Kite.

Being a former amateur that trained at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Luke helped bring up some of the best boxers in the game including Jarrod Fletcher, Todd Kidd, James Giltrow, and Greg Eadie. If you get a chance to do pads with a man of this calibre, you take it! Luke is dedicated to helping other reach their personal goals. He’s available for PTs and private boxing lessons. There’s no better man to teach the art of boxing than Luke.

Simon Orton
Strength & Conditioning Coach / Boxing coach / PT

Having over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Simon’s knowledge and expertise is enormous. He is the resident strength and conditioning coach for Fortitude’s Pro Boxing team. Simon is also available for private or group PT sessions. On top of Simon’s boxing and kick boxing expertise, Simon also specializes in functional movement and strength training, prehab and rehab.

Julie Gaston
Boxing Coach

Julie is a former Australian Boxing and Muay Thai World Champion, and brings that knowledge, experience and passion into every class she runs at Fortitude Boxing. Try one of her 6pm Boxing Classes if you’re ready to work up a serious sweat. 

Keppler Wessels
Boxing Coach / PT

A former cricket champion and captain for the South African team, Keppler played for both Australia and South Africa. Kepler has huge knowledge in elite sports conditioning and coaching, along with vast experience in boxing. At the gym, he assists with coaching and pad sessions for the Fortitude Fighters. He is available for both boxing and PT sessions. If you want to train with the best, Keppler is your man!

Ben Kite
Australasian welterweight champion. Boxing & Conditioning coach / pt

‘Banging’ Ben Kite is a member of our Fortitude Pro Team and current Australasian Welterweight Champion.

When Ben isn’t training the house down, he is coaching our classes and destroying our members with his epic workout routines! Ben also takes one-on-one and private group PT’s. If you’re serious about reaching your goals, he’s the man to see!

Alexis Vaubien
Strength & Conditioning Coach / Boxing Coach/PT

Alexis (or Frenchie, as we affectionately know him) can often be seen running our MetCon & Junior Boxing sessions. Alexis has been boxing for four years, and training in various martial arts from a young age.

Nathan watson
Boxing Coach / PT

Nathan Watson Boxing Coach

Conor Wallace
Australian Light-Heavyweight Champion / Boxing Coach / PT

7 Time All Ireland National Champion, Conor left Ireland to join Fortitude’s Pro Boxing Team.

Conor now also holds the title of Australian Light-Heavyweight Champion, and his BoxFit classes will have you not just getting your heart rate up but developing the foundations and proper form and technique for boxing.

For those serious about taking their boxing up a notch, Conor is available for private sessions

Mick Kennedy
Boxing Coach

Irish Mick Kennedy joined the team at Fortitude after a stint in the UK, bringing his knowledge from the ring itself as a boxer and now as a trainer.

Mick is in the gym on a regular basis, he runs the 5pm boxing classes and works in the corner with the boxers on fight nights. Irish Mick is a big part of the team at Fortitude.

Jarrod Fletcher
Boxing Coach / PT

Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Olypmian, and WBA Middleweight Champion, Jarrod has a huge boxing career spanning over 180 competitive fights. His knowledge and experience in the sport is second-to-none. You’ll frequently see Jarrod around the gym, as well as taking BoxFit classes on Friday morning. He is also available for PT’s if you want a seriously killer workout. 

Fortitude Facilities

FORTITUDE FACILITIES

With one of the best decked out boxing gyms in Brisbane we have the following available to all clients:

  • Skipping Ropes
  • Olympic Size Boxing Ring (6m x 6m) 
  • Assorted Punching Bags 
  • Floor To Ceiling Balls 
  • Speed Balls 
  • Ample floor space for Pad Work 
  • RPM Bikes 
  • Rowers
  • Free Weights 
  • Weight Machines 
  • Junkyard Equipment (Tyres, Kegs, Prowlers) 
  • Ceiling Rope Climb 
  • Bathrooms, 
  • Showers and Locker Rooms

We have the following available to purchase:

  • Cold drinks
  • Fortitude Merchandise 
  • All the latest boxing equipment

The Fortitude Difference

Real boxing for real people

Learn from the Pros

Technique base boxing classes taught by real boxers.

Family and Community