Legendary boxing club is put up for auction

Tyson, Benn and Lewis among famous fighters who have trained at club

Friday, 8th December 2017 — By Tom Foot

All Stars

All Stars Boxing Club

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save a world-famous boxing club after its home of more than 30 years was put for sale.

All Stars Boxing Club, on the corner of Harrow Road and First Avenue, is raising funds to try to buy the premises after it was listed to go up for auction this coming Monday.

Famous fighters who have trained at the club include Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, David Haye, Frank Bruno and Nigel Benn.

A statement from the club said that a “Justice for All Stars” campaign has been launched to raise money to fight to secure its “long-term home”.

“We need your support in raising the money with donations, however small or large, to fight this injustice,” the statement added.

The potential sale follows a long-running battle between All Stars and the building’s landlord. The row reached the courts in 2012 when the club won a 15-year extension to its lease and the landlord was ordered to carry out refurbishment work.

The club said in its statement that it wanted the “magnificent building, our home for the past 30 years, repaired and restored to its former glory so we can continue our positive work in the community”.

The club was first opened in 1974 by boxing coach and former West African champion Isola Akay. It moved into its current Queen’s Park home more than 30 years ago.

Ghanaian-born Mr Akay was awarded an MBE in 2000 and carried the Olympic torch for Westminster at the 2012 games. In an interview with this newspaper, he said his motivation to set up the gym was born out of racism young black Londoners experienced in the 1970s.

Labour councillors have called on Westminster Council to step in and take a lead in helping the club raise the money to buy the property.

The landlord could not be reached for comment.

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