Stalwart Harrison inspires next generation of Bognor boxers

Jimmy Harrison
Jimmy Harrison

Bognor Amateur Boxing Club hold sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at the town’s VK Gym from 6pm.

The club have five fully-qualified ABA coaches and are looking for people aged ten and upwards of all levels and abilities interested in boxing. Training will resume on Tuesday, September 3.

An inspiration to young boxers, veteran boxer Jimmy Harrison has been setting a great example to fellow members at the Durban Road gym following his return to the sport.

Harrison, who started boxing aged 11 as a member of Heath Brook Amateur Boxing Club, had a great career in his youth, winning 58 out of 80 amateur bouts including ABA finals, representing England and being appointed captain of the England team.

He turned pro at the age of 18 and won 18 of his 20 professional fights before being forced to retire as the result of a motorcycle accident.

At the age of 45, with his young son Louis showing interest in the sport, Harrison decided to have another go and since he started boxing once again, he has won all six of his fights in the white collar category and has now won the British title for the Queensbury Boxing League.

With such an impressive bsckground in the sport, it is inevitable Harrison still has all the traits of the true professional, training regularly and hard in the Bognor club’s modern facilities.

Any youngsters who want to see the sort of work required to reach a good level in this most arduous of sports are welcome to watch Harrison training at 6pm on a Monday or Wednesday at VK Gym.

Contact gym manager Charlie Martin on 01243 862279 for more information.