Boxing guru eyes award

BULWELL boxing guru Barry O’Dowd is in the running to wake up this morning (Friday) as the winner of a prestigious prize in Nottingham City Council’s annual sports awards

O’Dowd, head coach and founder of the Bulwell Hall Boxing Club and has been shortlisted for the Coach Of The Year category at the prize-giving, which took place last night (Thursday) at the Council House in Old Market Square.

Barry (64), of Fradley Close, Bulwell Hall, hit the headlines earlier this year when he took part in the Olympic Torch relay as part of the London 2012 Games.

Barry, who was born and raised in The Meadows in Nottingham, started boxing at the age of 14 before joining the Army at the age of 16.

He became a junior champion in the Army at the age of 17 in the welterweight division. He continued to box for a local club when posted to Borneo.

After leaving the Army, he became a scaffolder and then worked at Gedling Colliery for ten years. But he was always involved in boxing.

He helped set up the Scots Grey Boxing Club in Bulwell, which has now moved to Strelley, and then, ten years ago, he launched The Swinger Boxing Club from the former Swinger pub in Bulwell.

Four years ago, Barry led the campaign to save the Totley Close centre where the Bulwell Hall club is based by appealing to companies for resources to revitalise it and save it from demolition. It is now known as the Bulwell Hall Boxing Club.

Awards in 15 categories were set to be dished out last night.