Great and the Good at Walkden Launch
It was a who's who from the world of boxing and celebrity as Walkden ABC officially opened its doors.
The club - in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust - has been open for business since COVID restrictions were eased, but Wednesday 23 June marked its inauguration as a community boxing hub. The new facility at Walkden Town Centre has been a labour of love for former British and European champion Jamie Moore and Maverick Stars founder Charlotte Gilley.
“It's been a couple of years of hard work, but it's fantastic to see this gym finally up and running. Along with Jamie, there are so many brilliant coaches and volunteers involved," Charlotte said.
Those present included Jamie's fellow coaches Nigel Travis, Kelvin Travis, and Danny Wright along with current fighters Jack Catterall, Aqib Fiaz, Tursynbay Kulakhmet, Lerrone Harrison, Marc Leach, Sean McGoldrick and recently retired pair Anthony Crolla and Martin Murray. Local actors Jamie Lomas and Phil Middlemiss were also there to lend their support.
The opening ceremony was a proud moment for Jamie, who had invited Salford radio legend Mike Sweeney to do the honours and cut the red ribbon.
"What a fantastic event and I'm so proud we've finally brought this gym to fruition," Jamie said. "I grew up around here and I know it's going to be such a valuable asset to the community for generations to come."