Boxing legend Barry McGuigan opens academy

Former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan has opened his first boxing academy in the North West at Stockport College.

The Northern Irish boxer, who held the world title in the 1980s, said the new facility would provide boxing expertise and professional coaching to students alongside their full-time education at the teaching establishment.

He explained “In my case boxing was very important because without it I would never have got to the level of academia which I did.

“This new academy is an effort among college staff to engage with students at the college. The staff here have the foresight to see that if they are going to be able to engage with students in their main career subjects they need make it enjoyable and they have to make it fun, and boxing is one way of helping with the engagement process and of helping giving students a trade at the end of the day.”

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