News and views from Empire HQ


We go again

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 by
Well, here we go again. Another boxing season is upon us and everyone at Empire HQ are working to pushing on and developing new skills. We have a mixed team this year with some of our people joining the army and new and old faces in the gym working hard. We have championships to box
Naseem Hamed

Where is the flair?

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 by
As a coach I want to produce great boxers who can have fun expressing themselves in the boxing ring. I am not against a boxer dropping their hands, as long it has a purpose and is not just a mistake through fatigue. As far as I am concerned, before a boxer can do the tricks

Matchmaking: It must be fair

Sunday, 21 May 2017 by
In boxing, the hardest job for anyone is matchmaking. Some would argue this point as some people can and do make it look easy, but overall? Anyone who’s been given the job will know it’s a thankless task. The boxers train and work hard and they all expect to box on open shows throughout the

Respect and sportsmanship

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 by
Our sport of boxing prides itself in helping people develop discipline and good sportsmanship. To my mind, the ethos of boxing is to produce thoroughly decent people and help them attain their goals in life. We teach many transferable skills that work in everyday life. I have attended a lot of shows and championships this
Boxing ring

It’s still worth all the effort!

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 by
We had a disappointing start to the junior championships. An opponent did not show at Liverpool. The next week we were in London only for the show to be cancelled at the very last minute. I was beginning to wonder why we put ourselves through all the hardship of producing a championship boxer. This time
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Defence: The art of not getting hit

Friday, 06 January 2017 by
I’d like to start with a theory: if they can’t hit you, they can not beat you. Please keep that in mind as you read this article. In my time in boxing I’ve never seen a better defence than to keep your hands up with a tight, reactive guard. As boxing progresses, in the modern
Margy, Les and Cameron

Presentation night

Sunday, 17 July 2016 by
We always celebrate the club’s achievements each year. So on Friday everyone gathered for our annual presentation evening. Head Coach Les Welsh made the point that it’s not just the boxers and coaching staff that keep the club running – it’s our fantastic parents. They help behind the scenes and make sure our young boxers
Boxing ring

Season review 2015/16

Saturday, 11 June 2016 by
It’s time to reflect on another boxing season. Once again we’ve seen some outstanding boxing. All of our boxers can be proud of their efforts. The championships have been well contested with senior heavyweight Michael Webster in good form, stopping his first two opponents in the second round. Michael was drawn in the pre quarter