Boxing legend Kellie Maloney to open new Bromley boxing club
PUBLISHED: 15:08 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 05 January 2016
Bromley council leader Stephen Carr will also attend the launch of the gym on Whitebeam Avenue on Saturday
Legendary boxing manager and promoter Kellie Maloney is to act as an ambassador for a new boxing club on Whitebeam Avenue and will attend its official launch this weekend.
Uppercutz has been set up as a charity to encourage aspiring young boxers to get into the ring, enabling them to become physically fit and to learn invaluable life skills.
The club is run by Ian Melin of Petts Wood, who works for a City hedge fund.
He first started boxing at the age of 16 and has been coaching young boxers in his spare time for many years.
His talent as a coach was first recognised by Maloney, formerly known as Frank, when they met at a local gym.
Maloney rose to fame as manager of formidable boxer Lennox Lewis, the only Briton to have been a British World Heavyweight Champion, and more recently appeared in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
She said: “Boxing is so important to me and has been throughout my life.
“It is what has kept me sane with all that I have been through in my personal life.
“I’m so pleased that my own love of the sport has inspired Ian to coach the next generation of boxers.
“I look forward to being involved with the club and hope to do some coaching there myself.”
Ian Melin, who runs the operation, has transformed a disused football clubhouse into a fully-equipped boxing gym, boasting a 14ft ring, 10 punch bags, circuit training and all the latest gym equipment.
Uppercutz will be officially opened by Bromley council leader Stephen Carr at midday on Saturday.
He said: “I have been enormously impressed with the enthusiasm of Mr Melin and his team for making their vision come to life.
“I have always believed boxing to be a great sport, not only for fitness but more importantly teaching young people discipline and respect.”
The club also has the support of the Metropolitan Police as it believes that getting teenagers engaged in the discipline of boxing will help reduce anti social behaviour in the area.