Here at Wandsworth Sash Windows we firmly believe that we have an important role to play within our local community. Businesses that thrive need to reassure local people that they are not there just to take money off of them – they are there also to play a role within the community they’ve established a presence within.
We are therefore delighted to announce that we’ve established a deal to become sponsors of Lynn Amateur Boxing Club. This club is the oldest continually running amateur boxing club in the UK, having been founded as long ago as 1892. At Wandsworth Sash Windows we have a personal connection to this club, as one of our apprentice’s trains there.
Over the past one hundred and twenty years Lynn Amateur Boxing Club has survived numerous venue changes and even world wars in order to keep itself established. The club has a philosophy of hard work, dedication and discipline – all crucial aspects when it comes to both amateur boxing and becoming a decent, up-standing member of society.
The club has provided many champions over the course of its history, and at all levels from schoolboy to Olympian. The club also works with disadvantaged young people who are able to channel their time and energy there in a productive manner.
Lynn Amateur Boxing Club has had many famous visitors and students, none more so than Muhammed Ali, who is one of the most well-known boxers – if not sportsmen – in the history of sport. Ali filmed a sequence at the club with comedian Freddie Starr for the Michael Parkinson show in the 1970s. A photograph commemorating Ali’s visit has hung on a wall in the club for many years.
Frank Bruno trained at the club before he turned professional, but perhaps the most successful boxer who came through the ranks – and the ropes – at the club was Danny Williams. Born in Brixton in 1973, Danny trained at the club as a teenager and eventually won bronze as a heavyweight at the 1993 European Championships and bronze as a super heavyweight at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.
In 2004 Danny – by now known as ‘The Brixton Bomber’ – took on the legendary Mike Tyson in a bout held at the Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Tyson came out with fists blazing, but Williams weathered the storm and sent Tyson to the canvas with a flurry of punches in the fourth round. Tyson was unable to recover in time to beat the referee’s count and Williams was declared the winner by knock-out.
Lynn Amateur Boxing Club offers thrice-weekly sessions to both juniors and seniors, aimed to offer all boxers a place at which to train hard, to learn the skills of boxing and to learn how to develop as both a boxer and an individual. The club remains determined to maintain its ability to find and coach boxers who are capable of going on to become professional champions at all levels, and we here at Wandsworth Sash Windows are very proud to be associated with them.
You can find Lynn Amateur Boxing Club here
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Feeling inspired? You can contact the club secretary, Terry Pearson, on 07904 833 872