The Sheriff's Last Stand at the Old Bailey
I was delighted to participate in The Sheriff’s Last Stand – a boxing extravaganza at the Old Bailey on Thursday 14th September 2023, raising money for the Sheriff’s & Recorder’s fund.
You can find out more about the Sheriff’s & Recorder’s fund at their website - The Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund (sr-fund.org). Please use this link if you wish to donate - https://www.justgiving.com/sheriffsandrecordersfund
Boxing under an official ABA permit, six amateur bouts were held to contest the Carney Cup, named in memory of the legendary trainer Mick Carney and which is contested annually between Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club and the Fitzroy Lodge ABC. Set up as a charity in 2008 by three firefighters who wanted to engage with their local community, The Moss Side Fire Brigade Boxing Club’s aim is to raise aspirations and give positive futures. Their opponents, the Fitzroy Lodge ABC from Lambeth were founded in 1908 and are a respected amateur boxing club whose aim is to encourage, support and inspire boxers of all levels.
Following the ABA bouts, all of which displayed skill and metal, the audience were treated to two special white collar heavyweight bouts, including one between Glenn Charles, a former probation officer who has boxed at the Fitzroy Lodge for over 30 years and me. We earned an honourable draw, applause and money for the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund. A wonderful evening.
A special thank you to Alderman Robert Howard, Nick Paterson-Jones, Glenn Charles, Dr Paul Wallman and the team at Fitzroy Lodge for making it all happen. A special word also to Jay Patel at the Old Bailey for all he did to make the evening run so smoothly.