IT is most boxers’ dream to compete in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world. Not many get to do it but, over a span of 17 years, Finchley Amateur Boxing Club stalwarts Johnny Oliver and his brother Jimmy helped over 300 amateur boxers – including Anthony Joshua, James DeGale and George Groves – do just that.
In 1993 Jimmy’s eldest son, Danny, had turned professional with Cornelius Boza-Edwards in Las Vegas and Jimmy and Johnny had travelled to Sin City to visit him. Sitting in McCarran Airport waiting for their flight home, Jimmy had an idea.
“He turned to me and said, ‘I want to bring a team of amateurs out here and have them box some Americans,’” Johnny told Boxing News.