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" Just received the sad news that my old trainer Tony Burns has sadly passed away. I can't tell you what a massive part Tony played in the shaping of my life and hundreds like me. He dedicated his life to amateur boxing and the boys he taught. Boys who came from the streets of London and with Tony's guidance went on into life, becoming writers, actors, policemen, politicians, top guys in the stock exchange, builders and even World Boxing Champions. I last saw Tony when I was shooting a little film at the Repton Boxing Club, then for coffee in Pelicci's in Bethnal Green. Today we lost a legend. A real man of the people. Rest in peace Tony and thank you." Ray Winstone
Tony Burns Eulogy It is with a heavy heart to announce the sad news that our beloved Head Coach Tony Burns MBE has passed away. Tony has had some health problems over the last couple of years. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2015. In february 2019 he had a fall and was taken to hospital for a check up. It was discovered his aortic vein was swollen to 11 cms. At 7cm surgery is imminent. After much consultation it was decided it was too life threatening in his medical condition to undergo surgery. Tony became a walking time bomb. Tony Junior, Johnny and Suzie lived with Tony as 24 hour a day carers for their dad for 18 months, then in came professional carers to take over when it all became too much. I have personally known Tony Burns & his family for over 50 years. We lived in the same neighbourhood and trained at the same boxing club. Tony helped to shape the lives of hundreds of young boxers like myself who went to have decent future careers after being given a foundation of discipline, respect, humility and confidence through boxing. If wasn't for boxing I would never have had a job in the city at the age of 16. When I joined the club I was around 10 years old in 1965. Tony joined & officially became senior trainer at The Repton in 1967. He had an impressive amateur boxing career with the famous south London club Fitzroy Lodge. When Tony was a young boy he was evacuated during the war to Bridgend in Wales where he went to school. This connection earned him his place with the Welsh Boxing team as a senior boxer later on in his career. When he returned to the east end after the war, he joined the Northampton gym, run by his uncle, which was in Cambridge Heath Road. He then went on to box for Fitzroy Lodge with his lifelong friend and former trainer Micky Carney (R.I.P). Tony had an impressive career as an amateur but didn’t want to turn pro as he needed to help his dad with their family business. In his days in the ring Tony was a fearless, impressive fighter who should have won an ABA title and gave future world champion Ken Buchanan one of the hardest fights of his life according to the Scot’s autobiography. When I turned senior from Junior at the club many years ago Tony burns and George Odwell were the Dynamic duo in charge of a huge Senior team with national champions at most weight division in the ABA. Tony was like my Big brother and George was like my second Dad, it was everything a young boxer needs to help them succeed in their chosen sport. Back in those days we were like a travelling circus, driving up and down the motorway to lots of different club shows in Tony’s old van from one county to another. It was a busy Gym which produced many champions. For over the 50 years of service at The Repton Tony has achieved accolades some trainers dream of, for instance during his time at the Repton he has trained over 300 amateur champions, he has been awarded the prestigious ‘Sam Mussabini’ medal and been inducted into the World Coaching Hall of Fame. He has attended with his boxers 11 Olympics, He has met many world champs including the legendary Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. He has trained former World champs & Olympic Gold Medalists such as John H Stracey, Maurice Hope and Audley Harrison and many more amateur & Professional Champs. Tony Burns has dedicated his whole life to Amateur Boxing. He has sacrificed a lot of spare time and family life to produce champions for the Repton. To this very day, he can still be found most nights of the week with his boxers in the Gym at The Repton Boxing club. Everybody knows of his connection with The Krays and how he was Best man at Reggies Wedding. Tony recalls in an interview with a well known national newspaper…The Krays also passed through the Repton club doors, though Burns says: “They were not really that good as fighters with their fists, but rather with guns and things.” The final crowning glory and accolade presented to Tony was back in January 2009 when he received an MBE award from The Queen for his services to Amateur Boxing Tony Burns made huge personal sacrifices to dedicate his whole life to Boxing. Everybody at the Repton Thanks you for your dedication, Passion and life long service. In the past we shared many great trips, adventures, Good times, success and Victories along the way. Your suffering now is over...Rest in peace my old friend Mark Newman
Congratulations to the 20 London boxers making it through to the National Junior final last weekend. Including 12 from Repton. You have to admit that's impressive...Cadet 54kg PATRIS MUGHALZAI –HooksCadet 57kg SHARHEIM SOMERVILLE – ReptonCadet 63kg FRED MOSS – ReptonCadet 70kg NATHAN HARRIS - ReptonCadet 80kg JOEL JOSEPH – AfeweeJunior 42kg GEORGE ELLIS – ReptonJunior 46kg KHALIL OSMAN – ReptonJunior 48kg DENNIS McCANN – ReptonJunior 50kg BARNEY DOCHERTY – ReptonJunior 52kg SAMEENAH TOUSSAINT - NortholtJunior 54kg BILL OLIPHANT – ReptonJunior 57kg ADAN MOHAMMED – ReptonJunior 60kg CAOLINE DUBOIS – West HamJunior 60kg JACK OLIPHANT –ReptonJunior 63kg MICHAEL BURKE – ReptonJunior 66kg BROOKE EATON – Five StarJunior 66kg PATRICK CONNORS – West Ham Pictured: 57kg finalist Sharheim Somerville with coach Bobby Beck Jnr
London ABA Elite Semi Finals Report & Results March 2017 Ex Repton boxer Viddal Riley, eliminated current club hope Jacob Peterson in the London semi finals at Tottenham on Thursday and took a vital step on England Boxing's Elite title trail. West Ham's Riley stole the show in the top contest on the first night of the championships winning the all east London club battle. Controlling the clash from the opening bell, the 19-year-old heavyweight who won a European medal before being out of boxing through injury for two years, outpointed his game Repton rival. Riley then watched Miguels Ben Vickers beat his clubmate Ifeanyi Ndidi in the other 9lkg semi final and faces Vickers in the final at Harrow on Thursday. Tight decisions went against Repton with two established club favourites losing the closest of 3-2 decisions in the London preliminaries. Long serving Ryan Pickard put up a tough struggle against Double Jab club entry Conor Hinds but it was the south Londoner who took the judges majority verdict in the middleweight clash. Also going out was the Bethnal Green club's lightweight Billy Beer, beaten on another 3-2 scoring by Darren Ballinger from the powerful Islington club. Friday night saw the exit of Repton welterweight hope Romario Wallace as the judges voted for another Islington boxer Lamin Conteh by a 4-1 margin after a keenly fought contest. Ballinger and Conteh both go forward to the London finals at Harrow Leisure Centre while Repton's 86kg walkover winner James Branch awaits his first call to action on the national title trail.
About Repton 1884 The Repton Boxing Club, Bethnal Green, East London E2 was established in 1884 by the Repton College in the Heart of England. The club encouraged youth from varying backgrounds to be schooled in the Discipline, Respect and Art of Boxing. Through the centuries the Repton Boxing Club has been home to many World and Olympic Champions. Classic English styling is personified with Repton 1884. Simple styles, understated yet symbolised in the shield emblem and logo which has adorned the walls of the Repton BC since 1884. This logo encompasses all the rich history and heritage of the Repton and acknowledges the past and present names who realized their ambition. Non Viscera Non Gloria - " No Guts No Glory "
4 New National Champs for Repton While most people were sunning themselves over the Bank Holiday weekend, 5 Repton Boxers travelled North to Mansfield in a bid to win 5 National ABA titles. All our boys gave 100% and as a result The Repton came away with the most Titles. 4 out of the 5 Boxers won thier bouts. Jimmy Smith, Sunny Edwards, Harvey Horn and James Branch, who won his 5th National title, all boxed well to lift the Junior ABA titles they worked so hard for! Unlucky Jordan Flynn gave his all but not enough to get the decision against Boarshaw's Danny Wright. ...Below are the full results : Class 4 – boxers born in 1997 63kg Jimmy Smith (Repton) Beat Kasey Robinson (Phil Thomas School of Boxing) Class 5 - boxers born in 1996 48kg Sunny Edwards (Repton) Beat Scott Rankin (Everton Red Triangle) 63kg Danny Wright (Boarshaw) Beat Jorden Flynn (Repton) Class 6 – boxers 1995 48kg Harvey Horn (Repton) Beat Andrew Winter (Shildon) 86kg James Branch (Repton) Beat Samuel Williams (Wellington) This recent haul of 4 ABA titles, brings the 2013 season's Total to 16 National titles for the Repton. Another record for the 'Home of Champions' It does'nt stop there for the club. In july we have The Three Nations tournament. Winners from all Nations England, Scotland and Wales will battle it out for the title of Champion of Champions !
...5 Repton Boys in ABA Finals! This weekend on Saturday & Sunday 5 Repton Boxers will be travelling to Mansfield in a bid to lift 5 National Titles for the "Home Of Champions" Full Details of the scheduled bouts, Venue & adddress are listed below : Class 4 – boxers born in 1997 63kg Kasey Robinson (Phil Thomas School of Boxing) v Jimmy Smith (Repton) Class 5 - boxers born in 1996 48kg Scott Rankin (Everton Red Triangle) v Sunny Edwards (Repton) 63kg Danny Wright (Boarshaw) v Jorden Flynn (Repton) Class 6 – boxers 1995 48kg Andrew Winter (Shildon) v Harvey Horn (Repton) 86kg Samuel Williams (Wellington) v James Branch (Repton) National Junior ABA Finals Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2013 Mansfield Civic Centre Chesterfield Road South Mansfield NG19 7BH Weigh-in: 11am - 1pm both days Boxing: 1.30pm All our Boxers are well prepared and up for it! Everyone in Bethnal Green and at the club will be right behind you & cheering you on... Good Luck boys ...Box Well Win Well !
...5 Repton Boxers go through to ABA Finals! On Sunday 5 Repton boxers travelled to Portsmouth to box in the semi-Finals of the Junior ABA's. The Result was an impressive 5 out of 5 go through to the finals of this years Junior ABA's. This cheered everyone up down the club, after Friday's disappointing result against 'The Belfast Dockers' who beat The Repton 4-3 at our Annual May Show. Below are the full results of the weekend action from Portsmouth : Class 4 – boxers born in 1997 63kg Jimmy Smith (Repton) beat Patrick McDonagh (Walcot) Class 5 - boxers born in 1996 48kg Sunny Edwards (Repton) beat Callum Smith (Billericay) 63kg Jorden Flynn (Repton) Won by walkover Class 6 – boxers 1995 48kg Harvey Horn (Repton) Won by walkover 86kg James Branch (Repton) beat Bradley Parsons (Trowbridge) A Great Result...Well Done boys! Our Winners go on to box in the National Finals at Mansfield Civic Centre on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May. National Finals Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2013 Mansfield Civic Centre Chesterfield Road South Mansfield NG19 7BH Weigh-in: 11am - 1pm both days Boxing: 1.30pm
...5 Repton Champs prepare for ABA Semi-Final ! Repton Boxers are preparing for a busy weekend! On Friday May 17th we have our 30th Annual Dinner/Boxing show at The Brewery , Chiswell st EC1. The very next morning a squad of 5 boxers, coaches & officials will be making a dash down to Portsmouth for the weigh-in of The Junior ABA Semi-Finals. On Friday night at The Brewery, the scheduled programme is listed Below : Reception - 6 pm Dinner - 6:45pm Parade - 7:50pm Boxing - 8:10pm Interval / Auction - 9:10pm Boxing - 10 pm Auction -11 pm Carriages - 12:30 am On Saturday and Sunday we have the Semi-finals of the Junior ABA's in Portsmouth...Details below Junior ABA Semi finals - South Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2013 Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy Greetham Street Portsmouth PO5 4HL Weigh-in: 10am-12pm Boxing 12.30 (two rings in operation)
...This week 10 rounds with Former World Champ Charlie Magri I've known Charlie since he was around 13 or 14 years old. When Charlie Magri was a boy he lived just down the road to me in Stepney. He use to box for Arbour Youth Boxing club. Charlie told me once he always wanted to join the Repton, but out of loyalty to Arbour youth and his trainer Jimmy Graham he stayed at Arbour till he turned pro. This week Charlie Magri will be one of our Celebrity guests at our Annual May show at The Brewery, Chiswell st on Friday May 17th. I had a chance to catch up with my old pal Charlie to do a '10 Rounds with Repton BC' question and answer session... Here Goes... Round 1..In your opinion...'Who is the Best Boxer of all time' ? - Charlie...Sugar Ray Leonard Round 2...Name the Best Fight you have seen ? - Charlie ... the first bout on Feb 19th 2000, for the WBO Super Bantamweight title between Marco Antonio Barrera (nicknamed "The Baby Faced Assassin") and Erik "El Terrible" Morales Morales won on a split decision. Round 3 ...Who do reckon is the best Fighter around today ? - Charlie ...Easy, It has to be Floyd Mayweather...A Boxing Genious! Round 4 ...How many fights did you have as an amateur and how many has a pro ? - Charlie ...148 Amateur won 138 ...35 Pro fights won 30 Round 5 ...Where and when was you best fight ? - Charlie ...The Albert Hall December 1980 for the world eliminator against Argentinian Santos Benigno Laciar. I won on points over 10 rounds. "I got put down in the first round but got up to complete 10 rounds and win on points...It was a great night !" Round 6...Who was your toughest opponent? - Charlie...A mexican boxer called Jose Torres, boxed him twice at Wembley in 1982...I lost one and won the next fight against him...it was toe to toe in both fights...he was a tough boxer..typical Mexican. Round 7 ...Why did you take up boxing - Charlie ...I was very small at school and got picked on, so I learned to box. I enjoyed so much, I stuck at it and joined Arbour youth Boxing club in Stepney. Round 8 ...What has Boxing taught you ? - Charlie ...Respect and discipline. It also helped me to grow up quickly and learn a lot about life at an early age ! Round 9 ... Why do you like boxing ? - Charlie ... Boxing is a one to one sport. you have only yourself to answer for. No one else can get in that ring and help you. its self disciplined and self motivating. two important things you need in life as well as the ring ! Round 10 ...If you did'nt take up boxing, what other sport would you do? - Charlie ... Football. I loved to play football when I was at School. Great, Thanks Champ ...see you on Friday May 17th at The Brewery Chiswell Steet !