Ewen Hall in Wood Street was transformed for an action-packed evening when the newly established Barnet Amateur Boxing Club held its first show event attracting amateur boxers from nearby clubs in the London area.
There were 13 bouts in all -- and the evening opened with some fiery engagements from ten-year-olds.
BABC, which has been created under the auspices of Box Sport London boxing gym in Tapster Street, High Barnet, is open to all ages from ten to 30-year-olds and already has 140 members.
Professional boxer Ollie Pattison established Box Sport London with his father Mark Pattison, a professional boxing coach.
They opened their boxing gym in 2018 in a former print works in Tapster Street and acquired amateur status for the boxing club in 2021.
BABC is now one of over 1,000 affiliated clubs in England Boxing, the governing body for amateur boxing in England.
“We want to impart our experience in boxing to the local community and allow anyone from any walk of life to realise the physical and mental benefits of boxing,” said Mr Pattison.
For their first show event the club fielded 13 boxers, together with their coaches, seen above for their line-up photograph with Ollie Pattison (far right), who is the club’s head coach.
“We are open to all abilities and all ages from ten to 30, boys and men, girls and women.”
“We have three sessions a week and the group are showing real promise. We are delighted to be staging our first show event. Our aim of creating England’s next top talent is fast becoming reality.”
The opening round was a skills bout between Ronnie of Barnet and Jason of JABXING, Bushey. The second skills bout pitted Jacob of Barnet against Jaihvon of Yeading ABC.
BABC’s colours of orange and black match the strip of Barnet Football Club.
Mr Pattison said the club’s aim was to encourage as many children as possible of ten and above to take up boxing.
As part of the club’s outreach, they already hold sessions at Whitings Hill Primary School and Saracens High School in Colindale.
“We are always keen to help those in need, raising over £10,000 for charity and partnering with companies such as The Fighting Chance to help those struggling to return to employment, and the Inclusion Project allowing young adults with learning difficulties to feel included in the world of health and fitness.”