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Our Boxing Pedigree

The Mapperley area has a long association with boxing. From the days of bare knuckle prizefighting though to world super middleweight champion Carl Froch MBE. Carl’s recent wedding was even featured in Hello Magazine.

Local Boxer Carl Froch MBE marries Rachel Cordingley

Behind the glamour of this local celebrity wedding, there is a lot going on in the area behind the scenes.

Legendary prize fighter Bendigo is recorded as having fought at the location of The Travellers Rest on Mapperley Plains. This was in the days when prize-fighting took place in remote locations where the large crowds could gather. Bendigo was from Nottingham and is known throughout the boxing world as the originator of the ‘southpaw’ stance. He is also in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. A campaign has been set up to raise money for a statue in his memory. See the Bendigo Memorial Fund for more information.

Supporters of the Bendigo Memorial Fund on a Sponsored Walk

At amateur level, the sport is well served in the area. There is a variety of established clubs and most offer fitness training too.

Arnold School of Boxing is based at Sherbrook Road in Daybrook.

Arnold School of Boxing

Jawaid Khaliq Boxing and Fitness Academy is a boxing gym run by former world champion Jawaid Khaliq MBE. They are based on  Our boxing and fitness centre allows you to work on your fitness, stamina and conditioning.

Jawaid Khaliq MBE

Nottingham School of Boxing are based at the bottom of Woodborough Road.

Youngsters at Nottingham School of Boxing get a visit from royalty

Phoenix Amateur Boxing Club in Gedling. Carl Froch started out here as an amateur, as did current Commonwealth featherwight champion Leigh Wood.

Leigh Wood retaining his Commonwealth title after beating former champion Ryan Doyle at Nottingham Arena in May.
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