THE RING – A Boxing Venue, Not To Be Forgotten

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Although  I wasn’t even born, nor were my parents, an old boxing venue that has always intrigued me is The Ring at Blackfriars, in London, England bmw 코딩.

The building, built in 1783, was formerly a Nonconformist chapel and was octagonal in shape with the intent that no devils could hide in the corners 다운로드. When it was no longer used as a place of worship, it was taken over by former Commonwealth British Empire lightweight champion Dick Burge and he transformed it into a boxing arena in May 1910 다운로드. Several shows would take place there on a weekly basis.

Burge passed away a few short years later, on March 15, 1918, after contracting pneumonia at the age of 50 다운로드. Before his death, he asked his wife Bella to ensure that their venue would be kept intact. She did, and kept the shows coming, which essentially resulted in her becoming the world’s first female boxing promoter 쉐어 웨어 다운로드.

Bella did an excellent job and was loved by the local community, where the pioneering lady promoter would earn the nickname “Bella of Blackfriars다운로드.

The venue was a small but truly comfortable and perfect setting for boxing.  To the disappointment of many the majestic building was destroyed in the Blitz of World War II, in October 1940 다운로드.

My first live boxing experience came about in 1961 as a young boy attending boxing and wrestling matches at the historic grand Olympic Auditorium at 18th & Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California; but The Ring at Blackfriars surely must have been just as grand a venue as there ever was 드라이버 다운로드!

One thought on “THE RING – A Boxing Venue, Not To Be Forgotten

  1. Great history here. Madame Bey wasn’t a promoter or a matchmaker in NJ around the same period, but she owned and opetated a great training facility.

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