Lyndon’s In The Corner For Others

Lyndon's In The Corner For Others

Manchester's light-heavyweight champion Lyndon Arthur is preparing for a big return to the ring, but is still finding time to mentor the next generation.

The 29-year old defends his commonwealth title against Dec Spelman behind closed doors on Friday, 31 July. In between training sessions, he's also heading up the Maverick Stars 'in Your Corner' mentoring initiative, working with young people. Lyndon's providing support for those in need of a 'big brother' figure including 16-year old Nissar, who said: "It's good, we've been doing different things like basketball and stuff like that. It's been eight weeks now."

Boxing helped steer Lyndon down the right road after tragedy struck his family. He was just ten years old when his older brother Zennen was shot and killed. Like so many before him, the discipline and support he found at Collyhurst and Moston ABC has helped shape his life. Lyndon's now keen to pass on his experiences and has found the mentoring process to be mutually beneficial.

"I guess it helps in different aspects of life. It probably helps you grow up a little bit," he explained. "It might sound strange saying that, but it can make you see things in a different light. I know what I've been through and there's certain things in my life that could've made me go down a different path. It could be easy for Nissar to do the same thing. I just try and give him knowledge about what's right and what's wrong."

Along with mentoring, the unbeaten 'King Arthur' faces his next career challenge against Scunthorpe's Spelman at the end of the month. Lyndon said: "It's been good to get training and dieting again and I'm excited to get in there. He [Spelman] seems like a cool kid and I know what I'm going to get with him. Like every fight, I have to get over the line and be victorious."

Rebuild Edges Closer

Rebuild Edges Closer

After years of red tape and bureaucracy thwarting plans for an extension, Timperley ABC can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

The club, located on the Broomwood estate, has been forced to turn young people away due to the gym's small space within the community Wellbeing Centre. Now, with the gym close to reaching its fundraising target, it's hoped the first spade will go into the ground at the end of August.

Maverick Stars Trust has helped fund the build and is the driving force behind the project. It's now hoped the shortfall will be met by local businesses keen on forming a mutually beneficial alliance with the club. Timperley ABC head coach Mark Davidson said:  "There's a chance for some big businesses to get involved. They might not even know we're here!

"Anyone who wants to donate - we need it. We're also looking to do a 'buy a brick' project. We're going to have other sports in the building too, not just boxing, as there's nothing on this estate."

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Derry's Gym Teams Up With Maverick

Former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion Derry Mathews has joined forces with Maverick Stars to launch a series of community initiatives.

Located in Liverpool city centre, 'Derry's Gym' is currently waiting for the green light to re-open following lockdown, but in the meantime, the former world title challenger is working with Maverick Stars to help tackle issues such as homelessness and knife crime.

"There's a lot of boxing clubs out there all doing tremendous projects,” Derry said. “It's about time our boxing club got involved and we move down the right path. What Maverick [Stars] are doing is superb. I'm so proud to be part of it and I'm looking forward to the future with them.”

Watch the full video with Derry below.....

The Waiting Game Continues

Fighter-turned-trainer Jamie Moore has given us a sneak peek of the the new Walkden ABC in Salford - a boxing club set up in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust - although he's still waiting for an opening date.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, when COVID-19 social distancing rules will be eased. But indoor fitness centres and gyms will remain closed until further notice.

The Walkden area of Salford has never had a boxing club before and the new gym shares a unit at Walkden Town Centre with with a youth zone that includes a five-a-side football pitch along with other indoor sport and leisure activities.

"I'm over the moon with it," said Jamie. "It was on the cusp of opening up and lockdown kicked in. We're waiting for all the madness to blow over and obviously there's been so much bad news and heartache but we can't wait to get going.

"A lot of the time there's nothing for kids to do. This is going to be a gateway for them. Turn left into the boxing gym or right into the youth zone - whichever direction they go in, it'll be right direction and they'll change their lives."

A very familiar face also popped in to have a look at the new Walkden ABC.  Former WBA world lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is currently looking for a new home for his amateur club, Fox ABC. The mill where the gym was formerly housed was destroyed in a fire at the end of March.


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Big Plans for South Coast Boxing

Big Plans for South Coast Boxing

A boxing club in a small Dorset town is punching above its weight with popularity in the sport soaring.

Wimborne Boxing Club, five miles north of Poole, has launched a series of Maverick Stars initiatives including 'Girls in Gloves' and 'Sting Like a Bee.'  Boxing is now chasing down the traditional big two sports in the area - football and rugby - with interest at an all-time high just prior to lockdown. The introduction of female boxing has proved particularly successful.

"At its peak, we were training close to 100 girls in the local area," said head coach Dave Rimmer.  "Prior to lockdown, we were seeing some great links with schools and other clubs."

Watch the video to find out more about the history of Wimborne ABC, the success of female boxing and plans to further boost boxing in the area.


Big Plans for Jennings Boys

Big Plans for Jennings Boys

A gym in Lancashire is producing top amateur and pro boxers whilst providing a safe-haven for 'at-risk' young people.

The Jennings Community Boxing Academy in Chorley was, prior to COVID-19, a bustling gym full of eager youngsters learning their trade under the expert eyes of brothers Dave and Mike Jennings. The older Jennings enjoyed a fantastic pro career and competed for a world title when sharing the ring with legend Miguel Cotto in 2009.

Younger brother Dave, head coach at the gym, is now looking forward to working with Maverick Stars Trust.

Watch the video to find out more about the great work of the Jennings Community Boxing Academy.

A Man of Many Hats

A Man of Many Hats

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause chaos, Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club has come up with an innovative way of keeping its members engaged, fit and healthy.

The Manchester club has been hosting a series of online coaching sessions via Zoom meetings. Head coach Nigel Travis (much to the annoyance of his family) sits in front of his laptop, barking instructions to dozens of young boxers going through drills in tiny boxes on his screen. It's not an ideal situation, according to Nigel, but one that is very necessary.

"It's not about the quality [of the sessions] but about engaging with our kids on a daily basis," he said. "I want the kids to do three sessions a week. It was Ramadan when we started, so I had the kids that were fasting doing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and those that weren't fasting, doing Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday."

With some restrictions now eased, Nigel and the team of coaches from the club are also delivering weekly, socially-distanced, sessions in a local park.

Watch the video below for more on Nigel's ambassador role with Maverick Stars, the club's Food Community Hub work, the progress of GB amateur star Conner Tudsbury along with the return to the ViP gym of Carl Frampton and the rest of the pro fighters.

Million Dollar Crolla Is a Maverick Star

Million Dollar Crolla Is A Maverick Star

Manchester boxing legend Anthony Crolla has joined forces with Maverick Stars as he looks for a new home for his amateur gym.

Fox ABC in Failsworth was destroyed in March when a suspicious fire raged through the mill it was housed in. Now the former WBA world lightweight champion is determined to rebuild the gym in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust.

"It's [the gym] saved so many young lads and girls from getting into trouble," Anthony said. "It gives them a bit of discipline. When the gym was burnt down, the kids were as gutted as I was, if not more. I promised them we'll make sure that we come back better than ever so I'll have to make sure I stick to that word."

Anthony's task of finding new premises has been hampered by the COVID-19 lockdown, but with some restrictions now eased, he's determined to get the club back on track - with support from Maverick Stars Trust.

The charity has worked with amateur clubs throughout the country - helping with funding bids, facilitating partnerships and delivering community enhancement projects such as 'Sting Like a Bee', 'Fight Like a Girl' and the Food Community Hub.

(picture: Jimmy Lewis (FOX ABC founder), Anthony Crolla)

Million Dollar Crolla is a Maverick Star

New Salford Gym Raring to Go

A new boxing gym aimed at providing opportunities for young people in Salford is ready to open its doors - just as soon it's safe to do so.

As the nation remains on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work has progressed on Walkden ABC - a joint venture between Maverick Stars Trust and ambassador Jamie Moore. The gym shares a unit at Walkden Town Centre with 'The Den' - a facility that will provide sport and leisure activities for local young people.

"The gym's all fitted out and ready to go now," Jamie said. "We've had all sorts of hurdles to get us to this stage, but I'm really excited now as I know it's going to change a lot of people's lives. Walkden's my area and it has always needed a boxing gym. I can't wait to get going when some kind of normality resumes."

In the meantime, Jamie intends to launch a series of training videos giving interested young people a chance to learn the boxing basics prior to the big opening.

New Salford Gym Raring to Go

King Arthur: A Champ in the Ring and on the Street

A new Maverick Stars initiative - 'In Your Corner', headed up by Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Lyndon Arthur - is already proving a big hit with young people in north Manchester.

Lyndon, 28, has been providing support for those in need of a 'big brother' figure in his community. He's been acting as a mentor for one young man in particular, 15 year-old Nissar, who has struggled in lockdown and misses the focus and discipline his local boxing gym, Collyhurst and Moston, normally provides him with.

Lyndon is no stranger to life's hurdles - he was ten years old when his older brother Zennen was shot and killed - and understands the physical and mental stresses and strains that many young people are dealing with.

"I can relate to these life situations," he said.  "I'm someone the kids look up to, so they listen to me and enjoy working with me. He's always asking me 'when are you coming back?' So it's really good that he's interacting with me. We've been doing a bit of basketball and shadow boxing, but it's mainly about talking to him. It's good."

Along with his work with Nissar, Lyndon is preparing for his much-anticipated domestic clash with the highly-rated Anthony Yarde. The Londoner has suffered tragedy during lockdown with the death from COVID-19 of both his father and grandmother.

Lyndon has sent Yarde a message and passed on his condolences, but insists it will be simply business when the pair finally meet after the original event in April was postponed. A new date was set but it's still unclear if the fight will go ahead.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm training for July 11. I don't see myself as the underdog. I've always had confidence going into this fight and nothing has changed."