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Boxing: World champions James DeGale and George Groves express anguish at Grenfell Tower fire

PUBLISHED: 15:30 14 June 2017

George Groves (right) on his way to defeating James DeGale on points to win the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight title in 2011 (pic Nick Potts/PA)

George Groves (right) on his way to defeating James DeGale on points to win the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight title in 2011 (pic Nick Potts/PA)

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The local sporting community has come together to express their anguish at the terrible fire that claimed the lives of many at Grenfell Tower.

The complex was also home to the Dale Youth boxing club, which has been the starting point for many world champions in the sport.

Current world super middleweight champions James DeGale and George Groves both boxed at Dale Youth in their youth, and both took to Twitter to share their grief about the fire.

“Shocked and devastated at Grenfell Tower block where my old amateur club Dale Youth is. My thoughts are with everyone affected,” posted DeGale.
Groves said: “Prayers are with the residents of Grenfell Towers. Dale Youth ABC has been the past 15 years. I was there Sunday. So sad.”

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes posted: “Tragic what I’m seeing in North Kensington. QPR will do whatever it can to help. My thoughts to all. Really sad.”


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