Stonebridge councillor backs boxing match aimed to deter youth crime

Jack Brooker with Siobahn Carey from Carey's Foundation and Stonebridge's Cllr Zaffar Van Kalwala.

Jack Brooker with Siobahn Carey from Carey's Foundation and Stonebridge's Cllr Zaffar Van Kalwala. - Credit: Archant

A Stonebridge councillor joined forces with a Wembley charity to host a boxing event to deter young people from crime.

Councillor Zaffar Van Kalwala and Careys Foundation helped organise the London Elite Boxing Championship on Thursday in Harrow to encourage people to stay away from gangs and knife crime.

The young pugilists taking part also helped raise funds for grassroots boxing which aims to inspire more young boys and girls to take part in the sport.

The London Boxing tournament is one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting events for young people which dates back to the 1800s.

Previous winners have included a host of British names including Frank Bruno, Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams.

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This year’s event saw seven pulsating bouts with the winners proceeding onto the national championships.

Brent’s Mason Smith is one of the favourites to take a national title after being selected by Team GB for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic trials.

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Cllr Van Kalwala said: “This was a fantastic event which showed young people at their best. I’m so proud of all their hard work and commitment and I truly believe they will go on to achieve great things for London and Great Britain.”

Denis Deacy, Carey Group managing director added: “Careys Foundation was delighted to sponsor the London Elite Boxing Championship and be

part of an event that is steeped in history. Congratulations to all the winners on the night.”

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