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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The London Borough of Hackney has produced many professional boxing champions, both British and Commonwealth, also European and indeed some fine World champions too.

Local amateur boxing clubs in London have had their share of success in the ABA Senior/Elite Championships over the past 70 years or so.

Britain is blessed, at present, in terms of current world heavyweight champions with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury holding a plethora of titles between them.

As we approach what would have been the 2020 Tokyo Olympics we have on record but three boxers who have won three gold medals at previous Games.

In the history of the modern era Olympic Games, summer and winter, three tournaments have failed to go ahead as casualties of war.

Everyone is familiar with the phrase “it was a very long time coming” and that was certainly the case with the decision to eventually enable women to box under amateur rules in this country.

Those involved in boxing across London are being invited to take part in one of three KO Racism online workshops, which will be staged later this month and in August.

Boxing is back, after a lockdown lasting longer than expected, with some exciting championship clashes at the BT Studios in east London on Friday.

The all-British showdown between unbeaten heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce has been rearranged for October 24 at the London O2 Arena.

Britain has had some great world middleweight champions over the past 70 years or so, with the likes of Randoph Turpin, Terry Downes, Alan Minter, Chris Pyatt, Jason Matthews, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Billy Joe Saunders.

Matchroom Boxing have announced the full schedule for Fight Camp – an unrivalled summer of elite boxing based at the Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex starting on August 1.

A community-based initiative set up to inspire and educate young people through boxing has secured funding to support a historic Clapton gym and community centre.

The 1992 Barcelona Olympics saw 336 boxers from 78 counties battling it out for glory – figures that were a concern to the IOC.

For the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the super-heavyweight category was introduced for boxers weighing in excess of 91kgs (200 pounds).

British boxing could return behind closed doors on July 10 after promoter Frank Warren announced plans to hold the first of a series of events at the BT Sport Studio.

There are plenty of male boxers who have landed silver medals in the boxing ring since the summer Games in London 1948 but could they have turned it into gold?

Dubious points decisions affecting the amateur ring careers of many Olympic hopefuls are, and sadly, really too numerous to categorise effectively.

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have reached an agreement to fight twice with the first bout to be held next year, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

It seems hard to believe it is 100 years since Great Britain last won an Olympic heavyweight medal in the ring.

England Boxing is set to launch a series of free 30-minute online mental health awareness sessions called ‘Box In Mind Bitesize’.

Eddie Hearn has revealed ambitious plans to bring back boxing in July by staging a series of shows at his Matchroom headquarters in Brentwood.

There are 13 countries who have secured just one medal – either silver or bronze – in the Olympic boxing ring.

The European Games had their inaugural meeting in 2015 as an international multi-sport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from the continent.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says he does not want to stage the world heavyweight champion’s next defence of his title behind closed doors.

The European Amateur Boxing Championships is the highest competition for men and women amateurs in Europe.

You are never too old to become an Olympic ring legend; nor are you too young either.

With the inclusion of women’s boxing for the first time at the London 2012 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games Federation followed suit at their 2014 Games in Glasgow.

Who are the best women amateur boxers in history?

England Boxing’s #KOCOVID19 campaign has smashed through the £100,000 barrier – just three weeks after being set up.

Great Britain’s boxing medal record has been very good at the three summer Youth Olympics held so far, with three golds and three bronze leaving them behind Cuba and Russia.

As with all major international championships, English male boxers have not found it easy to secure medals at the AIBA Worlds which have been with us now for nearly 50 years.

The father-and-son team of Bob and Steve Kipps finally called time after 38 years, predominantly spent as boxing coaches at the Crown & Manor Club in Wiltshire Row, Hoxton in February 2015.

Fighting Fit, a brand-new health and fitness series produced by Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports, will land on TV screens this week, with the box set available via Sky Sports On Demand from Monday April 6.

Some years ago around the boxing scene I used to often hear this view, if you win an ABA title, you have a good chance of having a successful professional career.

England Boxing-affiliated clubs are appealing for the nation’s support to #KOCOVID19 and keep clubs running after the Coronavirus shutdown comes to an end.

The Val Barker Trophy was first awarded at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, with Barker presenting it to American Louis Laurie, a bronze medallist in the flyweight division.

Boxers representing Great Britain have won 18 gold medals (16 men, 2 women) between 1908 and 2016 ad we look at those who have come good over these years.

Anthony Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has been postponed, it has been announced.

In recent times we have had two Olympic gold medalists at super-heavyweight level – Audley Harrison at Sydney 2000 and Anthony Joshua at London 2012.

Anthony Yarde’s father has died of coronavirus, the British light-heavyweight has said.

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has decided to suspend the current Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain, and subsequent Americas and final world qualifiers scheduled to take place in May.

Due to the changing situation with Coronavirus and concerns for public, athlete and volunteer welfare the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has decided the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena will take place behind closed doors from today.

Lightweight Caroline Dubois won her opening bout of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

Caroline Dubois will represent GB Boxing in the first bout of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event which gets underway at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London today.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event in London has confirmed that the event will start as planned this weekend, following the latest advice provided by the Government and Public Health England on the Coronavirus situation.

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