British boxing champions attend Stevenage club’s reopening

Former British boxing champions John Pritchett (left) and Herol ‘The Bomber’ Graham (right) at the r

Former British boxing champions John Pritchett (left) and Herol ‘The Bomber’ Graham (right) at the reopening alongside current British Lonsdale light welterweight champion Darren Hamilton - Credit: Archant

Three British boxing champions attended a club’s grand reopening last week.

The reopening was attended by three British champions and members of the club

The reopening was attended by three British champions and members of the club - Credit: Archant

The John Pryor Centre in Nokeside, Stevenage, is home to Stevenage Amateur Boxing Club (SABC) and reopened on Wednesday following a refurbishment which included upgrades to its plumbing, electrics, gym flooring and equipment.

ABAE Club Support Officer Naomi Clayphan, chairman of SABC Paul Cherry and boxers from the club are

ABAE Club Support Officer Naomi Clayphan, chairman of SABC Paul Cherry and boxers from the club are present as Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland presents a cheque for £46,758 from the Sport England Inspired Facility Fund - Credit: Archant

The renovation was funded by a £46,758 grant from Sport England’s Inspired facility fund.

Former British champions John Pritchett and Herol ‘The Bomber’ Graham attended with current British Lonsdale light welterweight champion Darren Hamilton.

Paul Cherry, chairman of SABC, said: “The upgraded facility is a great boost for local boxers and we are looking forward to inspiring and attracting more talent from the area.”


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Young boxers entertained guests with an exhibition of their talents followed by some one-to-ones with the British champions, who may be returning to the club for some training sessions with youngsters.

For more information about the club call 01438 725923.

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