Club History

The club was founded in 1999 by Gerry Willmott MBE a former
Metropolitan Police officer, Police boxer and experienced coach of Met and National Police teams.
It was one of the first Police Community Boxing Clubs of Great Britain (PCCGB), established in 1999 and has since gone on to become one of its most well-known and successful clubs.

At Haringey we have achieved a great deal in a relatively short space of time, but none of our achievements would have been possible without the hard work in the beginning of Gerry Willmott, who in the clubs very first competitive year (2000) had two of our members, Pat Hughes and Tony Francois win titles in the national novice championships.

Haringey however would not be Haringey without the well-known figure of Brian John, who joined the club in 2001, after serving over 20 years with St. Pancras boxing club, both as a boxer & coach.

A dedicated member of the Haringey team and we are extremely lucky to have such an experienced head coach at the helm.

Shortly before Brian joined Haringey, multi-titled junior Michael Grant had moved from Finchley ABC to re-establish himself in his old gym, which was formerly New Enterprise ABC.

In 2002, now under the watchful and experienced eye of Brian, Grant added another title to his already bulging portfolio, the NACYP Class C and was well on his way to attempting to win his first Senior ABA title. In the 2004 season, Grant’s dream finally came true, beating Swindon big puncher Jamie Cox in a barnstormer and tactical battle and becoming the clubs first national senior ABA champion. It was this first senior ABA title that well and truly put Haringey on the map in terms of boxing achievements

In 2005 Terri Kelly an experienced competition secretary joined Haringey,

bringing with her, her vast knowledge of current boxers and matchmaking skills.
This great addition to the Haringey team ensures that all our boxers get the maximum opportunities to box and develop. Even if that means taking our boxers abroad to compete in international tournaments.

In 2006, Haringey once again had two national novice champions, class A winner, big punching Erick Ochieng, and class B winner the skilful Chris Evangelou.
Both of these young men started their careers at Haringey, and continued to represent us both at home and on many of our trips abroad until both eventually turned to the professional side of boxing.

In 2007, Nicola Adams moved down from Leeds tojoin us. Already an experienced boxer, Nicola saw Haringey as a club, that through Terri Kelly’s enthusiasm for promoting female boxing Haringey was a forerunner in the growth of the sport, which at the time was still in its infancy and could give her the opportunities to take her career a step further.
Before Nicola was taken onto the GB programme up at Sheffield in 2010 she represented Haringey at home and abroad, also winning the gold at the 2009 Haringey Box cup. Nicola’s career is a truly great one, winning two golds at consecutive Olympics and a gold at the world championships. Still registered with us as a Haringey boxer, we wish her well wherever her boxing career takes her.

2008 saw Haringey take the first steps towards creating Europe’s biggest box cup, the Haringey Box Cup held at the famous Alexandra Palace.
Ken Marsh MBE our treasurer, did a truly fantastic job of securing the funding to put it on, and he still takes on this ever growing challenge each year. Without Ken raising the funding then there would be no box cup.
With Brian and Terri managing the very challenging boxing side of the box cup, they collated and matched over 300 boxers from home and abroad, male and female, competing in three rings over three days, a fantastic achievement.
The Haringey box Cup is now a regular fixture in the amateur boxing calendar, with the 2016 event seeing 500 boxers from over 150 clubs from all over the UK and Europe taking part.

2008 also saw Haringey take a team to Ghana for the first of its three visits. We took a brand new competition size boxing ring and equipment, as a gift to our hosts the Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association.

This was a great trip for our young boxers, giving them the opportunity to experience the African culture first hand and compete against the strong Ghanaian boxers.

2009, Box Cup, Winning team. Haringey

With future Olympic champion Nicola Adams as part of the team

Also our annual trip to Anghered in Sweden was another great success for the Haringey team, a handful of golds and bags of experience for our young boxers.

And just to finish off 2009, our Ghana team had another fantastic and successful trip.

2010. This year started off with a right royal bang, as Ken Marsh and Gerry Willmott were presented with MBE’s by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, for services to boxing and the Police.

2012. This was the year of the London Olympics and the whole country wishing all our athletes good luck. We at Haringey were all rooting for our own special athlete, 51Kg boxer Nicola Adams. As this was the first year for the Olympics to have females in the boxing event, Nicola was aiming to make history and become the first female Olympic Gold medal winner.

And make history she did

Well done Nicola. Olympic Gold Winner

Nicola seen here back at the gym,with the Haringey team to show us her Olympic gold medal.

From L to R, Brian John, Gerry Willmott, Terri Kelly and Ken Marsh.

2013 Saw Oriance Lungu and Kiev Del Dyer win gold at the Haringey Box Cup. Dyer is a previous winner of the ‘Best youth boxer’ in the 2008 Box cup, and has now taken that talent and power into the seniors. Lungu will now take her career forward and be looking for a spot on the England squad

2014. This was the year that Oriance Lungu shone brightly for Haringey.
Winning the National ABA title, her second gold medal and ‘best female boxer’ at the Haringey Box Cup, and representing England against Germany and Denmark, winning on both occasions.

2015, was a busy year for Haringey, with boxers in all championships and the Box Cup. But the rising star that is Deayndra Allen was the highlight of the season. Deayndra won the National development championships at the iconic York Hall with a second round stoppage, and then on her first international trip representing Haringey in Sweden, she won both her contests and walked away with a gold medal.

2016. The year that saw Haringey’s Nicola Adams make history once again, becoming the first female boxer to win two gold medals in the Olympics. Her second one coming at the Rio Olympics in brazil.
And once again, she travelled down from the GB camp in Sheffield to show us at Haringey her gold medal and pose alongside her Haringey teammates.

Numan Hussein won the London Class B development title, and going onto narrowly losing in the national finals held in Grantham, Lincolnshire. A great start in his first competitive year at Haringey