Boxer backs community gym scheme for youths

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World champion boxer Jawaid Khaliq is to open a new community gym this Saturday – after a boxing-based fitness programme to keep youngsters out of trouble proved a knockout.

The four times former welterweight champion, from Nottingham, has been asked to open up the new gym as a base for the Ozbox boxing project, launched nine years ago by Chesterfield bobby Steve Osbaldeston as a way of steering young people away from lives of crime.

The gym on Colliery Road in Creswell is one of six to receive a share of £462,000 council funding to target more youngsters at risk of spiralling towards crime.

A boxing ring, punchbags and fitness equipment have been bought so volunteers can offer sessions at Creswell Youth Centre. Two sessions a week will be held for up to 80 teenagers initially, with the hope of eventually offering sessions every night.