Where it all started
Stonebridge Boxing Club (SBC) is a world-class gym dedicated to the Sweet Science that’s located in the heart of the community. Since opening its doors in 2010, SBC has rapidly established itself as a hotbed for developing promising boxers and a haven for the entire locality.
Located in North West London, SBC respects the roots and heritage of the Noble Art, melding Spartan minimalism with hi-tech modernity. SBC members train beneath carefully curated collages of classic boxing posters, featuring iconic fighters in their pugilistic prime. Taking a leaf from the revered Kronk gym in Detroit, SBC’s temperature is kept ferociously high, creating an atmospheric sweatshop that forges fighters of great fortitude and incubates champions. When a session is in full-flow; the rhythmic beat of skipping, the thud of punches on the heavy bags and footsteps in the ring create this amazing-electric energy and atmosphere. This is not the place to have fun or a laugh, only the truly committed and dedicated survive the SBC experience. As one famous quote reads; “you can play football and cricket, but you don’t play boxing”.
Just a jab and hook away from Wembley National Stadium, SBC is frequently used as a training headquarters by champions finalising their preparations for world title fights in London. Artur Abrahams, James DeGale, George Groves, Nathan Cleverly and Charlie Edwards are just some of the world titlists who have trained at SBC, while Croatia’s rising heavyweight contender Filip Hrgvoic based his training camp at the gym in January 2018.
Taking great inspiration from the world champs who have graced the gym with their presence, SBC’s young boxers are keen to carve out their own legacy in the sport.
SBC’s first professional is cruiserweight Mikael “Lethal” Lawal and the undefeated prospect is creating quite a buzz in the boxing business with his explosive, heavy-handed style. After a brief stint in the amateurs, Lawal has boxed on bills at Wembley Arena, Liverpool, Latvia and Saudi Arabia in the paid ranks. His success in winning Ultimate Boxxer 4 has seen him become a featured athlete ambassador for the global men’s fashion brand “Jacamo”.
Coaches of vast experience in the fight game guide SBC’s elite amateur boxers hoping to follow in Lawal’s footsteps and beyond. Perhaps befitting of a club located in the heart of Brent – and less than a mile from where Olympic champions Audley Harrison and James DeGale were raised – SBC’s coaching staff features former fighters with Olympic credentials, as well as champions from the professional ranks.
Emmanuel Izon represented Nigeria at two Olympic Games and was the captain of his country’s boxing team. Bilal El Masri is another two-time Olympian, who boxed for Morocco. Former professional champions Kreshniq Qato and Toks Owoh complete the senior coaching staff, all of which use their in-depth knowledge to teach, coach and mentor the young hopefuls. Under their guidance SBC’s elite amateur boxers have struck gold, winning National novice titles, Haringey Box Cup crowns and represented London in international matches.
In addition to professional and elite amateur boxing, SBC seeks to serve the community by providing instruction, inspiration and facilities for children, youths, senior citizens and keep fit enthusiasts. SBC welcomes anyone of any age seeking a purpose, outlet or improved health and fitness.
London is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world and Brent is among the most culturally diverse boroughs in the capital. SBC’s membership reflects Brent in all its diversity, yet all are united by the club colours of black and gold, as well as the discipline, order and respect that are built into boxing.
The authenticity, energy and vibe that emanate from SBC have seen it featured in films, advertisements, tv programmes and magazine shoots. Under Armour filmed a commercial starring world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua using SBC as a location, while Reebok used the gym for a poster campaign to launch their range of boxing equipment. The movie “Brotherhood”, starring Noel Clarke, filmed a sequence in SBC, while the gym has also appeared on BBC TV show “The Apprentice” and the ITV drama “Witness”.