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September 25th 2009

Development officer appointed for Central London area

ABAEnews
Community Sports Network, where
he was a Community Sports
Development Officer, running
projects engaging with hard to reach
community groups, typically from
BME backgrounds, and increasing
their capacity to deliver sports
activities.
Dylan currently volunteers as an
assistant coach at Fulham Brunswick
Amateur Boxing Club, and although
he’s never competed in the ring, he
had three years’ boxing training
while working in Japan.
As well as being a big fan of boxing,
Dylan plays most sports, with his
favourites being tennis, basketball
and snowboarding.
His role will involve supporting and
The newsletter MEET Dylan Cox, the new Boxing
of the Amateur developing an area of London with a
Development Officer for Central
Boxing vast and varied boxing community.
London. Dylan joins the ABAE
Association of Yo u c a n e m a i l D y l a n a t
England development ranks from London
coxd4@lsbu.ac.uk
The club accept the award from ABAE Chief Executive Paul King

The road to 2012 begins for assessment camp boxers

BOXERS from all over the Coaches Kelvyn Travis, Dave The boxers, among them some
country are gathered at the Alloway, Nigel Davies, Jim familiar faces, have been
English Institute of Sport in Davison and Richie Woodhall chosen after excelling at ABAE
Sheffield this weekend, as a are on hand to select new championships and previous
final selection assessment camp candidates for the elite Great assessment camps over the
takes place. Britain squad. summer. Watch this space.

ABAEnews Contact: hannah.mclafferty@abae.org.uk Deadline for next week’s issue - Wednesday 30th September
My life in amateur boxing - Gedol Wyn Roberts
As anyone who has ever occurrence. The going rate for
stepped into a boxing ring going the distance was £2 and
will agree, it isn’t an £3 for a win.
experience that can be easily In 1955 I went into the
Army and fought many hard
forgotten. Not least in the
bouts to get myself picked for the
days when boxing was
regimental boxing team at
largely unregulated and the
welterweight. Sparring partners
rules that did exist were often were in abundance on a
ignored. Former boxer Gedol Monday morning when the
Wyn Rober ts shares regimental police marched in
memories of fairground their defaulter’s for fighting in
booths, Geoff Capes and the N.A.F.F.I. After too many
Hitler’s boxing ring... German lagers, they brought
their nasty streaks into the ring
“I was born in January 1937 in a and we taught them a lesson.
small village on the West coast On 1st February 1957 I
of Wales, the youngest of four won the light middleweight
children, losing my father at the I n d i v i d u a l O p e n B ox i n g
age of nine. Boxing was my Championship of B.A.O.R. at the
favourite sport and I would listen sports stadium that Hitler had
to it on the radio. Most bouts built for the 1936 Olympic
came from Haringey Arena; Joe Games in Berlin. To qualify for
Louis, Bruce Woodcock, Freddy the title I had to fight twice in hard bout, and the last round
Mills and Tommy Farr were all in one afternoon. Knocking out became a toe-to-toe slogging
their prime at this time and I’d both opponents from the Scottish match. To this day I can’t recall
paste their pictures from the Black Watch regiment, I went on receiving the trophy from the
daily newspapers on my door. to win on points in the evening assistant director of British Rail,
In January 1952, when I against Fusilier Adams of the or walking back to the dressing
was fifteen, I left home to find a Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Being in room – only the doctor asking
job. I was accepted by the Great the team got us away from questions I couldn’t answer. On
West er n Railwa y in t he guard duties and parades, and receiving back my medical book
locomotive department, and we got extra food and travelled I noticed that the doctor had
posted to Slough as a locomotive q uit e ext ensivel y around made the entry – ‘Amnesia, 25
fireman. That’s when I joined the Germany to box various minutes’.
Slough Boys Boxing Club. regiments. In qualifying for the
With some training and On my return to civvy railway finals I was matched
a few wins under my belt I street in 1957, and back to against WJ Stac k from
bought my first pair of boxing British Rail, I carried on training Leamington Spa. He had the
boots, all black leather with and in 1958 won the Great look of Freddy Mills and I knew
white laces. After I married I Western regional championship it was a matter of stepping into
would loop my wedding ring in Newport at middleweight, the ring, not turning my back to
through the top lace for good winning on points to a chap with him and being assisted out. He
luck. the surname Salmon. It was a was a very good amateur boxer
Before being called up
for National Service, I took part
in boxing booths on fairs. One
that comes to mind is Eton Fair,
held in a sports field near
Windsor and run by Sam
McCrowns. I found the rules
questionable – low punching,
kidney punching and the use of
thumbs and heads were ignored
by the referee, and with three
loose ropes to stop you falling
out of the ring, rope burns
behind the knee were a common
and eventually married into the realised he had no previous or a canteen of cutlery. I took his
Turpin family. boxing experience. I could read advice and now I’m glad that I
In 1968 I joined Thames Valley his eyes easily and used my did.
Police, which didn’t have a footwork to keep out of trouble. In February 1975 I won
boxing team. I carried on my Afterwards, he introduced himself t he Home Counties light
road runs, training at St Aldates as Geoff Capes and said boxing heavyweight title against F
police station in Oxford, and was was his favourite sport, but that Johnson of the Luton Irish Club on
privileged to use the facilities at he’d never make the grade as an points, but eventually lost the final
Royal Airforce Base Brize amateur. Geoff left the police to on points. After the Home
Norton. I was their boxing team pursue his shot putting career and Counties win I was fortunate
sparring partner for some time. the rest is history. enough to have Percy Lewis, a
At Eyensham Hall, while During my 22 years in professional boxer, as my coach.
doing my police training, I was the Thames Valley Police I Percy kept a betting shop in
summoned by the PT Instructor to represent ed t hem against Oxford.
go to the gym and meet a Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Though I called it a day aged 38
sparring partner they’d found to Germany and Italy. I took part in due to an eye injury, I look back
give me three rounds to prepare sports club tournaments in most on my amateur boxing days
me for a bout at Albert Hall a towns in the Home Counties fondly, they were very enjoyable.
few weeks later. When I got to where boxers like Henry Cooper The sport kept me fit and stood
my corner I realised he was much would present the trophies. He me in good stead during my
heavier than me, although he once told me that he was sure I police career.
was the same height. A few had enough cups to clean and I’d recommend this sport to any
seconds into the first round I why not go for an electric blanket youngster.

Knockout award for Tamworth Amateur Boxing Club


TAMWORTH Amateur Boxing celebrates its 40th year of ”This is great news for the
Club has struck lucky with the existence this year and will be people of Tamworth, punching
announcement of a £224,648 celebrating this with added home the message that Lottery
funding award from the Big passion given the recent funding makes a big difference
Lottery Fund. tremendous news.” to communities. In particular, this
The club will use the grant from The club will also offer classes to grant will help the club address
the BIG’s Reaching Communities adults aged 50 and over to the health and fitness needs of
programme to develop its improve mobility and fitness, and people of all ages and abilities.”
CHOICES (Creating Health run special toddler fitness
Options, Inclusive Core and sessions. It will work
Extended Services) project. closely with local football
The club will continue its existing clubs who benefit from the
service providing boxing training delivery of fitness classes
sessions and will also offer a to improve core stability
range of new activities designed and endurance. The club
to improve health, fitness, will also work with new
community cohesion and active parents – such as offering
lif esty les. Through t he fitness walks with prams –
employment of a business and Scouts, Brownies and
development manager and youth clubs.
coach, the organisation aims to Aquaboxercise classes will
further meet community need be held for people with
and develop new activities. special needs. Training
Alan Keast, coach, said: and volunteering
“Tamworth Amateur Boxing Club opportunities within the
is knocked out by the news that community will also be
the Big Lottery Fund application established as part of the
has been successful. The local project. People will also
c o m m u n i t y w i l l b e n e fi t be able to request
enormously from the club’s individual training
ability to be able to extend its packages.
services, giving everyone an John Taylor, Big Lottery
opportunity to become more Fund Head of Region for
active and get involved. The club the West Midlands, said:
Chef rustles up healthy treats at Navy boxing camp

THE FREE one day boxing There are still places left on the Navy’s top physical training
camp at RMR Tyne, Newcastle course so make sure you don’t instructors. Participants will
will now include a healthy miss out. also receive a t-shirt and lunch.
cooking presentation. The During the camp forty young Fill in a registration form and
focus of the day will still be the boxers will be given a unique send it in by the 1st October.
boxing session and boxing flavour of life as a top boxer in
specific circuit training, but the Royal Navy. The day is For further information about
participants will not be going open to 13 to 16 year olds on the Royal Navy’s ABA boxing
home hungry as a Royal Navy Thursday 29th October. camp please download the
chef will be cooking up some Participants will receive special form or contact Chris Smith on
healthy eating treats for coaching from the cream of the 0207 261 8866 or email
participants to try and to take Royal Navy boxing team, royalnavyboxing@coi.gsi.gov.uk
home. before being put through their
paces by one of the Royal

Foundation grant boost for Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club


ATTLEBOROUGH Amateur
Boxing Club received a boost
this week, after securing a
Norfolk Community Foundation
Grant of £2000 for much
needed boxing equipment.
Jeremy Burton, club chairman,
said: “This equipment is a boost
for the club, it will help our
members reach the
next competitive level of the
sport and in particular will be
used for the club's first boxing
show, which takes place on 5th
December at the Connaught
Hall in Attleborough. With
many club members already
training hard for the new
season, this grant has come at
just the right time.
“Membership of the club sessions for women, youngsters, members of all abilities always
continues to thrive and to date juniors, seniors and men.” welcome at the club.  
membership numbers are now Subscription fees at the club For more details take a look at:
over 115. The club's training are deliberately kept low so www.attleboroughamateurboxi
programme runs over six days that the club's boxing gym is ngclub.co.uk or telephone
a week and includes specific available to all, with new Jeremy Burton on:
07770 886732