Arches Boxing Gym has been picked out of a handful of top London boxing gyms to help celebrate the career of Muhammad Ali.
Thursday afternoon 19th July Arches boxing will be celebrating the visit of Muhammad Ali's family to the gym. We would like all kids and family to attend the gym, for free training and celebrations. We only ask that all kids should wear the full Arches kit of shorts and t-shirt. All parents smart casual please. There may be a chance that the legend himself may attend health permitting. Adult gym members welcome too but again either smart casual dress or full Arches boxing kit only. From around 1:30pm all afternoon.
It is an absolute honour to be picked as a gym and we are going to do everything in our power to honour probably the best heavyweight boxer of all time and make London proud of our gym.
In 2012, to mark Ali’s 70th birthday, a major exhibition is being held at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, overlooking the London 2012 Olympic stadium. Photographs and paintings of Ali at different stages of his life will be shown alongside audio and video installations, poetry and memorabilia, recording not just his contribution to sport but also his extraordinary humanitarian work through the decades.
The opening private view on 19th July will bring together some of the greats of British boxing over the last 25 years. They include Lennox Lewis, Duke McKenzie, Dave “Boy” Green, Colin McMillan and Prince Rodney, to name but a few. Other Olympic boxing teams as well as many celebrities will also be invited, including representatives of Amnesty International and Parkinson’s research.
Ali’s brother, Rahaman Ali, will fly in from the United States to officially open the private view on July 19th. He has also been invited to attend the Olympic torch event in Guildford on the 20th July.
The exhibition organizers and sponsors are teaming up with ex-boxers Oliver Wilson (British Light Middle, Middleweight and Henry Cooper Golden Belt Champion) and Rod Douglas (Commonwealth gold medalist, 4 time ABAE Champion and Olympian) to deliver “The Muhammad Ali Outreach Programme”, which will work with deserving young boxers from Holland and England. Together with Rahaman Ali and young people from the local community, they will present a non-contact boxing extravaganza.