Sunday, August 5, 2012
Fight the Good Fight: East London Church Organizes Boxing Event
By Solomon Izang Ashoms, 2K Plus International Sports Media
Special to ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS) -- The inclusion of boxing in the Olympic Games can be traced back to the ancient Greeks in 688 BC. The sport evolved from 16th and 18th century prize fights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century, again initially in Great Britain and later in the United States. In 2004, ESPN ranked boxing as the most difficult sport in the world.
The event on Friday evening 3rd August drew young people ages between 5 -14 years from the community. Parents, observers, the media and community leaders were all there to cheer and support the initiative.
Vicar of All Saints Church, Tom Haley, told 2K Plus International Sports Media: “All Saints Church runs a holiday club every year but we decided to do it different this year, to stage a boxing exhibition in the square for the community and make it to open to all the children”.
James Cook is a former British and European super middleweight champion. In 2007 he was awarded an MBE for his outstanding work with the young people of Hackney’s notorious ‘Murder Mile’. Cook is the head of Pedro Club and he explained why they planned the event.
The main area concentrated on by the trainers and coaches during the boxing exhibition was sparring. This is a free form fighting with enough rules and agreements to make injuries unlikely.
“I am very sporty and I love boxing, that’s why I came out to support the exhibition”, young girl boxer Rihana Bauxerham told 2K Plus International Sports Media.
The chance to build character, self-esteem and be ‘salt and light’ is an opportunity presented by the London 2012 Olympic Games which the local churches are embracing and “fighting the good fight of faith”.
Further information about Pedro Youth Club: http://www.pedroclub.com.
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