GALLERY: Boxing legend Kellie Maloney launches Uppercutz gym
PUBLISHED: 11:21 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 11 January 2016
The club on Whitebeam Avenue was officially opened on Saturday
Legendary promoter Kellie Maloney and Bromley council leader Stephen Carr helped open a new boxing gym on Saturday.
Uppercutz boxing club, a charity encouraging young people to get into boxing, opened on Whitebeam Avenue after its transformation from a football clubhouse by city worker Ian Melin.
He said: “I’m overwhelmed at the support we’ve had today; it’s the culmination of a very long road, but it’s all been worth it now that the club is up and running.
“It’s a joy to have Kellie Maloney here sharing her wealth of experience about the boxing world.
“I look forward to working closely with her to make this club the best in the business.”
Mr Melin’s talent as a boxing coach was first recognised by Maloney, formerly known as Frank, when they met at a local gym.
Maloney, who also acts as an ambassador for the gym, said: “It’s a pleasure to be invited here.
“Ian is so passionate about the sport and you need that drive to be successful in boxing.
“I’m a great believer in the benefits; it’s a good disciplined sport, a great stress reliever and it’s character building. If we can encourage the young people of Bromley and surrounding areas to come here, it will not only help the club, it will help them develop as human beings.”
Cllr Carr added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people.
“I have always been a fan of boxing; it’s not just about fitness, it’s also about learning discipline and respect and it gives me great pleasure to be here to formally open this club.”
The launch was also attended by young people that Mr Melin, 55, has trained over the years.
Danny May, 18, said: “Lots of people my age spend all their time on their phones or watching TV. It’s good for me to be in the gym. It helps me let go of stress and makes me feel normal, happier even.
Courtney Miller, 24, added: “The atmosphere is great. I recommend it to anyone. It’s good to feel part of something. Boxing is my life now.”