Boxers from clubs affiliated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester have enjoyed a record year in the NABGC National Boxing Championships.

Clubs from the county had SEVEN finalists across the four age groups, from that there were five national champions.

The NABGC Championships started back in October when around 1,000 young boxers across the UK entered their local rounds. Over the two months competitors gradually work their way through numerous rounds all hoping to make it to the final.

This year the finals were held over the weekend of Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December.

Class A, B & C finals were held in Bridlington on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December, but the Class D final was held on home turf here in Manchester at the Gorton Monastery on Thursday 29th November.

One boxer was boxing at his home arena on the Thursday. Connor Burton from Middleton Select ABC took the first title for Greater Manchester’s Boxers at the Monastery after a wonderful display against Lewis Southgate from St Mary’s ABC in Kent.

Connor Burton of Middleton Select ABC.
Connor Burton of Middleton Select ABC is announced as NABGC National Class D Champion.

The following two days saw a further four boxers from Greater Manchester clubs take national titles and secure their place in NABGC history alongside the likes of Amir Khan, Tyson and Hughie Fury, Prince Naseem and Ricky Hatton amongst many more.

The Roll of Honour reads like this

Class A

52KG - Kai Hardiker (Moss Side Fire ABC) - Finalist

Class B

70KG - Christopher Collins (Northside ABC) – Champion

80KG – Jack Edge (Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy) – Champion

Class C

51KG – Courtney McCarthy (Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy) – Champion

60KG – Daisy Preston (Salford City Boxing ABC) – Champion

86KG – Subhann Khaliq (Moss Side Fire ABC) – Finalist

Class D

56KG – Connor Burton (Middleton Select ABC) - Champion


Well done to all those boxers who took part this year, but special congratulations to those listed above who have gone on to become an NABGC National Boxing Champion. Well done also to all the coaches and volunteers who have contributed to such a great achievement.

Thanks also to those who helped out on the evening. Mark and Walleed from South Yorkshire Boys & Girls Clubs, all the officials and also to our friends from Bury Photographic Society who were our official photographers for the evening. Also to Tommy McDonagh and Matty Hall who were our commentators on our live broadcast provided by Film My Match.

The wonderful Gorton Monastery.
The wonderful Gorton Monastery - The venue for the Class D NABGC National Finals.