In recent years the Evansville community has seen an increase in gun violence.
On July 6, a couple was robbed at gun point in there home leaving police searching for three teen suspects.
Now community leaders are taking a different approach to put a stop to the violence. Creating a program called, Put Down Your Guns and Pick Up Your Dukes.
An idea Evansville resident, Faraji Garth, and boxing champion and gym owner, Danny Thomas put together.
"Said hey champ I've got this great idea that might make a difference in our community, and our said whats that, he said how about we start having boxing matches up here, for people that's having problems out on the street," said Thomas. "That way they can shake hands and walk away, and nobody goes to jail and nobody goes to the graveyard."
The gym located at the Evansville Community Development "Annex" will offer a place where people can meet up and put aside their differences.
"In this, we're trying to provide an outlet, number one to stop the gang and drug violence and shooting violence and spin it in a positive direction, like Danny T said, you've got a lot of talented, athletic young men and women in Evansville, you know put them in the ring." said Garth.
Both Thomas and Garth are hoping the new approach will catch on among river city teens.
"I believe if these kids come down to the gym and start, like when I was younger had fights here in Evansville maybe every two months or whatever, you know its going to make these kids interested in doing something positive." said Thomas.
Pick Up Your Dukes is still in its infancy with exact dates and times to be determined