Young Shiregreen boxers meet with Lord Mayor after returning from New York trip

Glyn Rhodes took along some of his boxers to meet Lord Mayor Counr Peter Rippon
Glyn Rhodes took along some of his boxers to meet Lord Mayor Counr Peter Rippon
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Young amateur boxers from Shiregreen have returned from the trip of a lifetime - and met the Lord Mayor to tell him all about it.

Children from Sheffield Boxing Centre were taken to the Big Apple for an amateur boxing show.

The centre raised more than £17,000 to take the aspiring fighters on the trip, where they visited Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn. Its punchbags have been pounded by the likes of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.

The youngsters were invited to America after Sheffield Boxing Centre member John McCormack chatted to a man from the New York police department while running the marathon there, and he invited the boxers over to take part in a show.

Centre owner Glyn Rhodes said: “We raised more than £17,000, which is unbelievable, to take 17 youngsters on the trip. We didn’t know how we were going to raise it at first.

“We did lots of fundraising events and a lot of communities helped us out. It was unbelievable the response we got from people. It restores your faith in human nature.”

Glyn, who along with other coaches also took the children to sites including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, added: “It was hard work, but an enjoyable week and we had a great time.”

When they returned the group was invited to the Town Hall to look around the building and meet Lord Mayor Coun Peter Rippon.

Glyn said: “The Lord Mayor is from Shiregreen, which is where I am from, so we got talking about the good old days.

“It was great for the kids to go around the Town Hall, which is such a beautiful building.

“For them to meet someone from Shiregreen who is now the Lord Mayor just shows them that if you put your mind to it you can be anyone you want to be. That’s what we also tell them at the gym. You aren’t going to be a champion boxer unless you work hard, and you are not going to get to be Lord Mayor unless you work hard.”