History | Issue | Premium | Jun 04 2019

Capital Gains

Looking back on the quality London amateur circuit in 1976

AMATEUR boxing in the UK is functioning very nicely these days. There are a huge number of amateur boxers and amateur clubs, as there always has been. There are successful fighters, both male and female, who are achieving great things in the elite championships around the world. This may have much to do with the restructuring of the amateur game that has occurred over recent years, but in my view, this restructuring has come at a cost, as it has adversely affected many of the long-standing traditions associated with the amateur game.

I well remember just how important the London Divisional Championships were not that many years ago. The Divs, as they have always been known, were an integral and hugely popular part of the London amateur scene, but the aura associated with them has diminished in recent years and they are not nearly as competitive, or well regarded, as they used to be.

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