‘Give us a hand!’ Amateur boxers hope for a return to the ring

Thursday, 29th October 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Joseph Burton in action for Islington Boxing Club IMG_3416

Islington’s Joseph Burton in action last year – but when will amateur boxers be allowed back in the ring?

AMATEUR boxing fans are throwing their weight behind a petition to get the sport exempt from the current Covid-19 restrictions.

As it stands, clubs can hold fitness and training sessions providing they stick to strict social distancing measures. But sparring and actual bouts are out of bounds.

So far the campaign has surpassed the 10,000 signatures needed to force a government response, but it will take at least 100,000 names to have the issue debated in parliament.

Islington Boxing Club, in Upper Holloway, are urging not only their members and supporters but also the general public to help get amateur boxing back in the ring.

“We know the contest against one of our biggest foes in Covid-19 is far from over yet,” said club manager Reggie Hagland.

“Many other grassroots sports, such as football and rugby, as well as indoor sports like jiu-jitsu and professional boxing, are allowed. This seems to be unfair towards amateur boxing, and we cannot understand why clubs up and down the country who are Covid-secure cannot also get back to normal.”

Anyone interested in supporting the petition should visit https://petition.parliament.uk/

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