York Hall Saved: Boxing Brass Are Good Guys for Once

CJ JamesContributor IJanuary 26, 2010

LONDON - MAY 31:  A general view of the action during the heavyweight contest between Audley Harrison and Matthew Ellis on  May 31, 2003  at The York Hall,London. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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It's just been announced that the Olympic Boxing for the 2012 games will be held in the East End of London, in the historic York Hall.

For anyone who's not up to date on the English/European scene, this is really great news, not only for boxing, but for the future of one of boxing's original homes.

York Hall, in Bethnal Green London, is the spiritual home of British Boxing.  Opening in 1929, it became famous for being the home of Hall of Fame fighter, Jack "Kid" Berg, who fought there over 50 times.

Since then, almost every British World Champion has fought in the famous hall. Including Lennox Lewis, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Nasim Hamed, and most recently, Amir Khan.

For any of you who haven't seen it, York Hall is a special blue-collar boxing venue. Hosting little over 1,000 fans, choosing a seat is almost a case of how much blood and sweat you want to be splattered with!

This story also has an important human side. York Hall has been fighting closure for the last 15 years even though it's an importing sporting land mark.

With Olympic funding, the venue can renovate and probably stay open for another 50 years.

It will be a really special atmosphere for a lot of these young amateurs.

For once, boxing brass have been the good guys, and made a nice gesture to help save an important land mark.