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Boxers in bid for a knockout new club

Islington Boxing Club hope to raise £4million to create ‘state-of-the-art facility’

23 April, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

How the new club could look

PLANS to revamp a boxing club in Upper Holloway are underway with hopes to raise £4million to fund the project.

The Islington Boxing Club in Hazellville Road has been served by its current building for 40 years but its owners say the time has come for change.

Reggie Hagland, a coach and manager of the IBC, said: “As much as we love the red portacabin, something needs to be done.

“We are looking to have a state-of-the-art facility but with hopefully the same atmosphere as we have at the moment.”

And he joked: “It will be like when Arsenal moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, but hopefully with more success.”

The club’s current Portakabins

The club had feared it might be forced to close down last year after funds plummeted during the Covid-19 lockdown.

But Mr Hagland said: “We are getting out of the danger zone now. We have opened up our doors for classes and the income is coming in slowly.”

He added: “I didn’t realise until a few weeks into the first lockdown how many relied on us. A lot of people were doing it for a keep fit purpose, others with mental health issues came here for an outlet, a way of escape. For example, it gave autistic children routine.”

Coach Reggie Hagland

The IBC, which has over 1,300 members, is now looking to secure planning permission to renovate its centre.

The proposals for the new look show an eye-catching building which will boast a rooftop training area.

The designs were drawn up by Donnie Spiro from England Boxing and member of the IBC committee.

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