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Poplar boxing club run with volunteers to take 10 young fighters to Las Vegas

PUBLISHED: 16:07 24 July 2018

The Poplar boxing club is taking fighters to Las Vegas. Picture: Tom Horton

The Poplar boxing club is taking fighters to Las Vegas. Picture: Tom Horton

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A group of young fighters from a Poplar boxing club are set to travel to Las Vegas to pit themselves against American fighters.

Parents, coaches and 10 young boxers from the Lansbury Amateur Boxing Club will make the trip, which is being paid for by property developer Berkley Group.

The youth section of the club is largely run by volunteers who are keen to give young people something positive to do in their free time.

Jack Richardson, who grew up in Poplar and now works as an I.T. consultant for a bank in Canary Wharf, comes after work to coach the boxers in an effort to help them get the same positive impetus that boxing gave him when he was growing up.

“It certainly set me in the right direction,” he said. “What I love about it is the confidence it instils in people.”

Parent Dave Callaghan, whose daughter Maisy will be fighting in Las Vegas, praised the discipline the club instils in its boxers.

He said: “They know the difference between wrong and right, and you learn it in places like this.”

The club has recently had an upsurge in interest from girls, he said, and is proud to have boxers from a range of backgrounds.

“Race, religion, gender and class is all left at the door here,” he said. “We’re like the Benetton of boxing clubs.”

Yasim Akhamrich, 16, said he was excited to make the trip with the club, which he said is like “a home away from home” for him.

“It’s a big event for me,” he said. “This is what all the training has been for.”

The group from the boxing club will be in America for ten days and will pay a visit to Mayweather Boxing Club, which was set up by boxing legend Flloyd Mayweather.

The club, which is in Cordelia Street, hosts several training sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings each week for young people where they provide equipment and training from former professional Adam Spelling, as well as other volunteers.

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