Search

Haringey Police Boxing Club founder Gerry Willmott receives Henry Cooper award

09:15 06 March 2014

Haringey Police ABC founder and coach Gerry Willmott (centre) shows off his award alongside Mick Collier, the chairman for the southern region of the British Boxing Board of Control, and Hampstead heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Pic: Polly Hancock

Haringey Police ABC founder and coach Gerry Willmott (centre) shows off his award alongside Mick Collier, the chairman for the southern region of the British Boxing Board of Control, and Hampstead heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Pic: Polly Hancock

Archant

Haringey Police Boxing Club founder and coach Gerry Willmott MBE was recognised for his services to women’s boxing at a star-studded event at the Lancaster Hotel last week.

Willmott was presented with the prestigious Henry Cooper award by Hampstead heavyweight Dereck Chisora at the Annual Charity Boxing Dinner, which has the Ham&High as a media partner.

Haringey have been trailblazers in the world of women’s boxing and Nicola Adams was registered with the club when she won gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

More recently, 23-year-old Oriance Lungu won the national senior women’s ABA title in the Class C 63.5kg category.

Meanwhile, the annual Haringey Box Cup, which is hosted by Haringey Police ABC at Alexandra Palace, gives invaluable experience to female fighters, often pitting them against international opponents. Indeed, Adams won a gold medal at the event in 2009.

Commenting on his award, Willmott said: “It was very much appreciated and very unexpected.

“We’ve been keen to develop women’s boxing, especially with the Box Cup. There were about 60 girls competing last year.

“We’ve got half a dozen girls from the age of 13 up to Oriance, who is 23. She won again on Monday at a club show in Woking.

“Nicola was obviously quite good already and we were fortunate that she came down [from Leeds] to join us. She just needed that bit of experience.

“Women’s boxing has been getting better. The Olympics helped, I think the women’s boxing was better than people thought it would be, and they were impressed by Nicola and Katie Taylor.”

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

08:54
Tottenham legend Dave Mackay (right) pictured alonside Alan Mullery in 1970 (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)

Tributes have been pouring in for former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay following his passing away at the age of 80.

Andros Townsend:

Andros Townsend says Tottenham must get used to playing twice a week if they want to realise their ambitions of becoming a force to be reckoned with in England and Europe.

Yesterday, 11:59
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina

David Ospina says Arsenal must stay focused on their own performances rather than straining to chase down second-placed Manchester City.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane is left dejected after the final whistle against Chelsea at Wembley

Watching Chelsea lift the Capital One Cup has increased Tottenham’s resolve to return to Wembley and lift the trophy themselves, says Harry Kane.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Five additional arrests have been made by police after discovery.

The Duke of Cambridge didn’t look very sporty as he had a kickabout with Chinese children in a football masterclass.

Two people remain in custody on suspicion of murdering the 16-year-old.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder