Box Your Grief Out

Box Your Grief Out

An initiative which uses boxing to help people dealing with grief, has proved a huge success.

Supported by Maverick Stars Trust, the 'RELEASE: Boxing for bereavement' programme was delivered by The Loss Project and Dennis and Dyer Boxing Academy in Loughton, Essex. Two groups of adults and young people participated in the programme which is aimed at people who are new to boxing or have little boxing or fitness experience.

The sessions combine boxing skills, fitness, strength, and conditioning with grief support, alongside a supportive peer group of like-minded people who understand the challenges of grief and loss. Plans are in place to develop the programme further in other areas including East London, South Essex, and Rutland.


Huge Turnout for Feltham Fighters

Huge Turnout for Feltham Fighters

The latest 'Chase Your Future' initiative rolled into south west London ahead of a Friday fight night at the iconic York Hall. Maverick Stars Trust and Boxxer joined forces once again to provide a fantastic boxing workshop for the huge turnout at Feltham Community Boxing Club.

Although injured and subsequently off the bill, top talent Adam Azim was on hand to help train the different groups in attendance. He was joined by heavyweight prospect Frazer Clarke who fights Mariusz Wach on the Sky Sports show this weekend.

As ever, Maverick ambassador Anthony Crolla put everyone through their paces during the very enjoyable event.

Fun in the South Coast Sun

Fun in the South Coast Sun

Maverick Stars and Boxxer joined forces once again to deliver an evening a group of young people in Bournemouth will never forget.

Local hero Chris Billam-Smith - who beat Lawrence Okolie to claim the WBO cruiserweight title on Saturday night - took part in the event which comprised a Q&A panel and a boxing workshop.

Under the guidance of Maverick ambassador and world champ-turned-coach Anthony Crolla, the session in the South Coast sunshine did not disappoint.

A New Maverick Star

A New Maverick Star

Maverick Stars Trust has welcomed a new addition to its stable of ambassadors in the shape of Lancashire fighter Josh Holmes.

The super-feather weight has endured a torrid year after a routine brain scan showed an irregularity. Happily, further tests and an assessment which followed, cleared the talented 27year-old to continue with his boxing career. The highly-rated fighter was back in action in Oldham on March 5, stopping opponent Tatenda Mangombe in the fifth round.

As part of his new role with Maverick, Josh aims to help young amateur fighters to stay fit, healthy and pursue their boxing dreams.

Sharpening the Tools

Sharpening the Tools

It has been a hectic few weeks for Maverick Stars ambassadors Delicious Orie and Kerry Davis who have just returned home from GB Boxing training camps in Italy and the USA. Both have a busy year ahead with the big target - Olympic qualification.

The pair have been training with and sparring the best amateur Americans, with DJ getting in valuable rounds with Olympic silver medalist (and 5-0 professional) Richard Torrez. The focus then switches to the Strandja tournament in Bulgariand the European Games in Poland.

Charlotte Gilley ‘MBE’

Charlotte Gilley 'MBE'

It's been a whirlwind time for Charlotte Gilley after the Maverick Stars Trust founder was awarded an MBE for services to boxing in the King's New Year honours list.

After the sport helped turned Charlotte's life around, she decided to set up the charity to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people. Thousands have since benefited through a series of Maverick Stars initiatives.

Charlotte's news has been picked up by the press - examples below.


The ex-wine merchant mum changing the lives of thousands of kids across Manchester through boxing - Manchester Evening News

Cheshire mum who used boxing to help tackle depression honoured for setting up charity helping disadvantaged youngsters - Cheshire Live (

Alderley Edge mum honoured for services to boxing -

Community Champ Conner

Community Champ Conner

Winning boxing accolades has always been the norm for Conner Tudsbury, but claiming titles away from the ring is something new. The Maverick Stars ambassador has been commended for his community work by GB Boxing.

The award was presented to Conner at the team's end of year awards night in Sheffield. Conner has been working with Maverick Stars for three years, helping to deliver initiatives such as 'Train Like an Olympian' and 'Fit and Fed' at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club. Both programmes offer free training sessions and nutritious meals for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We always knew Conner was an all-round star - now everyone at GB Boxing does too!

Warriors Set for Battle

Warriors Set for Battle

Armed forces vets who have been taking part in the Maverick Stars ‘Operation Warrior’ initiative, are set to put their newly acquired skills to the test on an amateur show in Liverpool.

The event, organised by the charity ‘Hard Hitters’ in conjunction with Willaston ABC in Birkenhead, is being held at the prestigious St George’s Hall on November 5th and will see vets go toe-to-toe, raising much needed funds in the process. Hard Hitters provides support for vets who suffer with addiction, PTSD, homelessness, or financial issues upon leaving the services. The charity was founded by Luke Nevin, a veteran who struggled with his own addiction issues.

Operation Warrior has similar aspirations, delivering free boxing sessions, team building days, guest speakers and mental health first aid for former service men and women. The project has proved hugely successful and is being delivered in 13 amateur boxing clubs throughout England.

Three Operation Warrior fighters from Willaston ABC – Joe Betts, Harry Harrison, and Calvin Welch - will be in action on the 5th, along with Ashley Shaw from Fox ABC.

Former world champion Anthony Crolla has been lending a hand with the sessions at his amateur club, the Fox.


Campaign Success – More to Come!

Campaign Success - More to Come!

Maverick Stars Trust will continue to deliver ground-breaking initiatives following the huge success of the recent defibrillator campaign.

The charity supplied 50 defibs for 50 boxing clubs nationwide as part of its ‘Keep the Beat – Maverick’s Restart a Heart’ campaign. The defibrillators - each club is required by England Boxing to have one - were provided to clubs most in need.

The campaign also raised awareness of CPR techniques and was headed up by Maverick ambassador and boxing prospect April Hunter, who lost her cousin and best friend Paul Gardner in 2018 (PGCPR).

Sudden cardiac arrest in young people – including high-profile athletes – has increasingly been making headlines in recent years. Each year in the UK there are more than 30,000 ‘out-of-hospital’ cardiac arrests. The survival rate is less than one in ten. In some cases, performing CPR can more than double the chances of survival.


Backing His Friend and Mentor

Backing His Friend and Mentor

Commonwealth Games champion Delicious Orie is backing his friend Anthony Joshua to upset the odds and reclaim his heavyweight titles when he faces Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia.

DJ and AJ sparred countless rounds in Sheffield when both were training at GB Boxing - the Maverick Stars ambassador then an emerging talent, while Joshua had already conquered the heavyweight division as a pro, but continued to train under the guidance of Rob McCracken.

“I’m confident and I really hope he does it," DJ said. "Anthony Joshua has the tools to beat Usyk. He’s a natural heavyweight, the longer arms, the bigger guy. He needs to turn up the aggression. I know Usyk’s got a little bit bigger for this fight, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens, but if the right AJ turns up against Usyk, he can beat him."