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Anthony Joshua: "It's no secret that my life could have been very different without boxing and the family that grew around my amateur gym." The world champion supported amateur boxing financially

Last update: 12/22/20 11:08 am

Anthony Joshua has announced his support for amateur boxing in England, Wales and Scotland

Heavyweight world champion and Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua OBE has provided significant financial support to the national amateur boxing federations of England, Wales and Scotland.

The money will be distributed directly to the clubs most in need of support from the National Associations, with an agreement that all funds will be used only for the clubs.

The move is to support the sport that gave him so much and to get through the toughest time in its history. Amateur clubs across the country had to close their doors during the pandemic with no hope on the horizon.

The sport has given me a lot and I want to help highlight the issues affecting grassroots clubs and do whatever I can to turn on the lights for those most in need.

Anthony Joshua

Often at the heart of a community, these clubs have a rich history and proven track record of helping adults and children overcome physical and mental problems.

Anthony also took the opportunity to contribute financially to his own Finchley ABC amateur gym and to give away a new training kit. A gift that will also be passed on to the regional associations with one of Anthony’s key partners, Under Armor, to help match Anthony’s financial offering of products.

On the announcement, Anthony Joshua OBE said, "Boxing has shaped me both physically and mentally. It's no secret that my life could have been very different without boxing and the family that grew around my amateur gym The sport has given me a lot and I want to help highlight the issues affecting grassroots clubs and do whatever I can to turn on the lights for those most in need.

1:24 Joshua defeated Kubrat Pulev this month to defend his world title

Joshua defeated Kubrat Pulev this month to defend his world title

"I would like to thank the federations of England, Wales and Scotland for their support in making it easier to reach the hardest hit clubs in their regions through financial support and I also agree to ensure that the money goes directly to the clubs. I don't use this. " These are unprecedented times as an opportunity to criticize the government for its lack of funding for boxing. However, I would like to use my platform to respectfully ask them to reconsider their stance. Without support, we will lose community hubs and possibly the stars of tomorrow. ""

Gethin Jenkins, Chairman of England Boxing, said: "We are very excited to have Anthony and thank you for this much-needed financial support and for pointing out the role and support of clubs in their local communities and thereby addressing the need for stronger state Support has drawn attention to grassroots boxing clubs.

"This is all the more true as 40% of our clubs operate in the top 20% of the country's outskirts. We will be announcing how clubs will access these funds in the coming days and we know they will be gratefully received . " The membership thanks again for this important support. "

Joshua's amateur boxing success resulted in an Olympic gold medal

Joshua's amateur boxing success resulted in an Olympic gold medal

Colin Metson, General Manager of Welsh Boxing, said: "We are very grateful to Mr. Joshua for his generosity in supporting Welsh Boxing and our affiliated clubs. Our clubs have suffered significantly over the year, with the restrictions caused by the pandemic becoming significant Disruptions and losses have resulted from spending time in the gym as well as the inability to host club shows, which generates vital income for the clubs.

"The news of Mr. Joshua's support will be a welcome tonic for our clubs in a time of need, especially clubs in disadvantaged areas. On behalf of everyone at Welsh Boxing, we would like to say a big thank you to Anthony Joshua and his team."

Kevin Bell, Chairman of Boxing Scotland said, "On behalf of Boxing Scotland, I would like to thank Anthony and his team for offering financial support to clubs that will be of great support to the amateur boxing community in this country.

"It is Anthony's great honor to recognize the impact COVID-19 has on amateur boxing, from the loss of training among boxers to the inability to host shows that support clubs financially. It is also the hallmark of a true world and Olympic champion He has proactively tried to help amateur boxing – which he recognizes has played a significant role in his career – through this prolonged period of uncertainty. "

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