Former Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn is facing a challenge to his chairmanship of the Amateur Boxing Association of England from members unhappy about changes to how the sport is run.
Mr Caborn has made new appointments to the association’s board, bringing in ‘skills-based’ appointees including a doctor and former member of boxing’s international governing body.
He says the move is necessary to retain a £5 million annual grant from Sport England – and dismissed opponents as ‘the old blazer brigade’.
But, in a statement, nine of the ABAE’s 12 organisations said there was ‘confusion and consternation’ about the changes by Mr Caborn and Mark Abberley, the ABAE’s chief executive.
Organisations representing Yorkshire, the East Midlands, Eastern Counties, Home Counties, Western Counties, Midlands, Merseyside, Cheshire, London and Southern Counties, said they felt ‘let down’.
A meeting will take place at iceSheffield in Attercliffe on Saturday to ‘decide the way forward’ – where the unhappy organisations will move to have Mr Caborn removed.
But Mr Caborn said: “We need to move to a skills-based board to retain funding. What we have is individuals from the old blazer brigade wanting to hold on to their posts.”