BOXING NEWS is pleased to report that Dale Youth ABC are hoping to re-open in August following the tragic fire at Grenfell Towers in west London. Their current gym was at the foot of the towers, but Mick Delaney is planning to move to a nearby premises in Ladbroke Grove.
The famous amateur boxing club – which spawned the likes of James DeGale, George Groves and Daniel Dubois – is run by Delaney. He was last in the gym just hours before the fire started in the tower block that sits above it.
“We trained in there on Tuesday night and left at about 9-45,” he said. “Then I got a call at a quarter to five the next morning and they said the building was up in flames. I couldn’t believe it. Now all I can think about is all the lost lives, and the families who have lost everything.”