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This Boxer and Business Owner Found Her Perfect Franchise Match


Sara Verhey McSpedon – Owner of the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations in Chicago, Illinois


Being a business owner and training boxer, I am no stranger to entering male-dominated spaces and helping to pave the way for other aspiring female entrepreneurs.



Becoming a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness franchisee was the next logical step in my entrepreneurship journey, since it allows me to make a living out of my passion for fitness. This unique opportunity has also given me the chance to build and strengthen a community of people who are looking to achieve their health and wellness goals in an exciting and innovative way like group boxing, making it the perfect fit for my next business venture.

Prior to opening my Mayweather Boxing + Fitness location, I spent 11 years working as a partner in a family business called Pops for Champagne, which is the nation’s most acclaimed champagne bar and Chicago’s most elegant nightclub. After selling that business to new owners in 2018, I took some time off to travel before realizing it was the right time for me to do something where I could make a positive impact in my community by introducing them to a new side of group fitness. 

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness is unlike any other group boxing fitness concept I have seen. Before I discovered the brand, I was boxing at other facilities and fell in love with the physical transformation I was experiencing, so I actually began to write a business plan for a small boutique gym complete with classes that included elements of strength, cardio, and boxing circuit. Once I came across Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, I was blown away by the fact that everything they offer is exactly what I was hoping to create. After doing some more research, I made a trip out to Los Angeles to meet with the corporate team to further discuss how I could join the Mayweather family and transform my dream into a reality. I am so proud to say that I was granted the exclusive rights to open Mayweather Boxing + Fitness studios in Chicago, with plans to open at least five in the city and suburbs. It is my goal to provide a space for individuals of all different fitness levels to get healthy in the body and mind and have a blast while doing it.


I want to let women across the country know that franchising is an amazing opportunity to open your own business and make your dreams come true while having the support of an experienced team to guide you every step of the way. I am incredibly grateful to the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness team for trusting me to represent their brand and to carry on uniting communities through a shared love of boxing and desire to improve their health and wellness. Boxing is more than a sport and I am committed to helping everyone become the best version of themselves through it. It is a fitness experience not just for professionals and although it may be male-dominated like franchising, there is plenty of room for more women to break into both industries.