Trainer Don Charles vows to support Neasden boxing club

PUBLISHED: 18:13 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 18:13 03 September 2014

Don Charles (right wearing a flat cap) with members of Neasden boxing club

Don Charles (right wearing a flat cap) with members of Neasden boxing club


Trainer Don Charles has vowed to support Neasden Boxing Club after the Crest Road gym reopened this week.

Charles, who trains Finchley-based heavyweight Dereck Chisora, was impressed by the level of dedication from both the volunteers and the youngsters at the gym, which will be represented in the amateur scene once again later this month.

Charles said: “My dear friend [Neasden head coach] Xavier Miller told me about his venture and I’ve just come down to support him.

“It just shows you the demand there is – out there is up to 20 kids training and who knows, there could be a few world champions among them.

“I’m honoured that Xavier asked me to come down and, having observed them, I’m going to personally write to the local council to get them more facilities.

“Even if the council doesn’t want to do it, I will personally source it and get better equipment for them.

“This club deserves to be on the map. It is a good place for a lot of reasons.

“I know how hard it is to run an amateur club – they are almost like nurses who work in hospitals. Only special people do it – they give up their time day after day for no financial gains as such – it is purely for the love of it.

“The kids are working hard and they want to learn. There are potential champions out there and even if they are not champions they are off the street. They are in here, and not outside causing havoc.”

Charles would encourage parents in the local area to send their children to the gym as he believes the sport helps to develop much more in a person than just learning how to throw punches.

He said: “They need educating. Boxing once upon a time was compulsory in schools in this country.

“I’m actually running a campaign at the moment to get it back into schools. They should really look at that – it builds characters and discipline. Bullies don’t survive in boxing gyms.

“You won’t see these kids fighting in the street. They might use it in self-defence but for some reason when you come here and do a hard workout it builds your character – it builds you both mentally and physically as a person.

“It gives you that confidence when you know what damage you can do – you are less likely to be a violent person.

“If you are an insecure person, those are the bullies. The more kids we get coming to this boxing club, the fewer bullies we will have on the street.”

A training session at Neasden Boxing Club costs £3. For more information, contact Xavier Miller on 07961 538 830 or see the club website

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