Friday 24 January 2020

World champion boxers shocked at devastating London fire at tower block that housed their former gym

James DeGale trained in a gym housed in Grenfell Tower
James DeGale trained in a gym housed in Grenfell Tower

Stephen Jones

Champion British boxers James DeGale and George Groves have spoken of their shock following the huge fire at Grenfell Tower, which is home to the gym in which they both trained as amateurs.

DeGale, who won the Olympic title at Beijing 2008 and is now IBF super-middleweight champion, tweeted: "Shocked at devastation at #GrenfellTower block where my old amateur club Dale Youth is.

"My thoughts are with everyone affected."

Groves, the current WBA super-middleweight champion, also tweeted a message as news of the fire in the 24-storey building broke overnight.

"Prayers are with the residents of GrenfellTowers. DaleYouthABC has been the past 15years. I was there Sunday. So sad," he said.

He also shared a post on Instagram with details of help centres for those affected by the blaze, adding: "If you can help. Lots of people already have. So sad."

The Dale Youth Boxing Club, which produced both athletes, was upgraded during the £10 million refurbishment of the block, completed last year.

At the time, the developers said: "The work has provided the club with improved facilities that will hopefully produce many more champions of the future."

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