Controversy as Caborn resigns his boxing role

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Former Sheffield MP and Sports Minister Richard Caborn has resigned his chairmanship of the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

The retired Labour politician acted before an extraordinary general meeting of the sport’s regulatory body at iceSheffield, called to discuss a row about the appointment of ‘skills-based’ directors backed by Mr Caborn.

Other members of the ABAE were unhappy that decisions had been made without consulting them.

Mr Caborn hit back accusing them of being an ‘old blazer brigade’ – but resigned his post saying he had not wanted it on a permanent basis.

He said: “I acted to ensure we had a skills-based board without which we would have lost funding from Sport England.”

New appointments included a doctor and former member of boxing’s international governing body.

But Keith Walters, ABAE president, said: “The member group has been portrayed as a ‘collection of blazers’ and our commitment to proper change has been called into question. This is simply not true. We have, from the outset, accepted the need for a board of directors to be appointed on a ‘skills basis’.

“The issue is one of fairness and transparency.

“The members believe that the former chairman hijacked the process in order to force through change on his terms – forgetting that the ABAE is a members organisation.”

Mr Walters said the selection process for board members will have to be restarted to ensure a ‘fair process’.