Staff and Coaches

LENNY HAGLAND

Lenny started off at the club when it first began in 1974. He boxed for the club as a junior and senior boxer winning national titles and international honours. After retiring from boxing himself and having a short break he became a coach at the club. Lenny now has over 25 years experience of coaching boxing. Lenny has gone through every stage of this club from boxer, coach, matchmaker, chairman and now holds the role of C.E.O.

It’s not often you don’t see Lenny in the gym, working hard away at his full time job in keeping the club going. Lenny is the longest serving member of the club, and there is nothing that he doesn’t know about the club and it’s running.

JERRY MITCHELL

Senior coach Jerry has been part of Islington Boxing Club for as long as anyone cares to remember. Steve Bunce said on radio that he joined the club in 1867!

Another former IBC ‘old boy’, Jerry originally started his amateur boxing career with the New Enterprise Boxing Club. He later joined Islington Boys Club back in the days when they were still based at Michael Sobell Sports Centre, Finsbury Park. Jerry enjoyed a 31 bout career before retiring at the young age of 27. He began coaching almost immediately.

As a coach Jerry has enjoyed incredible success with Islington Boxing Club over the years coaching many national champions. Jerry is a member of the management committee of the club and formally worked on the London Underground until retirement last year (2018). He is one of the most well known and respected trainers in amateur boxing.

JOHN ‘JR’ RICHARDS

Affectionately known as ‘JR’, John has been coaching at Islington Boxing Club since the late 1980’s, originally JR was bringing his son Jay to the club but later took an interest in coaching junior boxers and later senior boxers. A British Telecom engineer by trade, John holds a full ABA coaches badge.

Over the years, John coaches the up and coming boxers, teaching them the invaluable ‘basics’ of the trade and passes them on, whereby on several occasions the boxers he has worked with have progressed to both Junior and Senior honours.

John’s enthusiasm and sheer love of the sport is evident to all who know him. He is also a member of the management committee of the club.

ROY CALLAGHAN

Roy is one of the most experienced men in the club in terms of boxing having been involved in the ‘noble art’ for 40 years, previously he boxed for St Pancras as a junior & senior before turning over to the Professional game in the late 1980’s.

After a 18 bout Pro career he turned to coaching at his old amateur club for many years and Lion ABC, Roy joined IBC 7 years ago and coaches the senior boxers when possible and is a full member of the management committee.

MICK DOHERTY

Mick boxed for 9 years as a junior and senior for Tottenham & District ABC and Finchley ABC. He competed 50 times as an amateur boxer, becoming a light-middle/middle weight when he graduated to the senior ranks. Mick’s achievements include Middlesex Schoolboy Champion (3 times), Southern Area NABC champ, NW Division Junior ABA champ, National NABC semi-finalist and London Rep. His younger brother Tom Doherty boxed for the Islington Boys Club and became a NABC Finalist after only 9 bouts!

Mick’s role on the management committee is as Chairman & Events Manager. The club’s recent Dinner/Dance held at the Emirates Stadium was largely Mick’s brainchild and he was responsible for most of the ticket sales. It turned out to be a great night for the club and Mick can be proud of his efforts. He has set the bar high and we look forward to running similar nights in the coming seasons.

He now runs a successful foreign exchange business in central London having previously been a senior union official for the post office.

STEVE O’NEILL

Steve O'Neill

Steve O’Neill has been involved in football in the borough of Islington since 1983 as a player, manager and secretary of Islington Admiral United Football Club (also known as Admiral FC). He has seen the club that he started, expand to include two adult teams and six youth teams and flourish with the amalgamation with Islington Boys’ Club. It is now the biggest football club in Islington, only Arsenal FC can match it!

Steve works as a Black Cab Driver and is also a Arsenal season ticket holder.

REGGIE HAGLAND

REGGIE HAGLAND

Reggie has been brought up in boxing as his father Lenny and Grandad Ron both heavily involved with the IBC for many years. Reggie took a big interest in the club in his later teenage years due to his Grandad Ron inviting him along to committee meetings to ‘gain an education’ of how a boxing club runs and the set up.

Reggie later became a co-opted member of the clubs committee before becoming a member of the management committee a couple of years later. His initial role at the club (which he still does today) is IBC’s Media & PR officer.

Reggie runs the clubs Facebook, Twitter, website and design various posters/flyers that are displayed amongst the gym walls.

Like Lenny, its not often you don’t see Reggie at the club working away. He now holds the position of Club Manager and Competition Secretary.