Opinion | Aug 28 2016

Mickey Vann: Meet yesterday’s heroes today

Support your local ex-boxer's association by having a few beers with fighters from the past and hear some wonderful stories in the process
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I WENT to the Leeds Ex-Boxers Association meeting a couple of months ago, and the first time for a long while and I was surprised at the lack of numbers.

I missed last month but I will be there the next first Sunday in the month. I was talking to a boxing man, a guy that hadn’t boxed and he went to his closest EBA meeting last month for the first time ever. He entered the meeting and everyone stopped and stared at him and at that moment he told me he could have turned round and walked out, mainly because he was unsure as to whether, not being an active boxer at any time in his life, was he allowed at these meetings. Well the quick answer to that question is a definite yes, of course he is, and anyone else who has an interest in the sport of boxing.

There seems to be a sad decline in numbers that are attending the monthly get-together of ex-fighters, as a lot of members are the old stalwarts from years ago and sadly the guy in the sky keeps counting them out, and the numbers are not being replaced by the present day fighters or fight fans.


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