PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 January 2016
Boxing mourns long-serving stalwart
Leading boxing officials will join family and friends as they pay their final tributes to one of the sport’s longest serving stalwarts, Jim Butler, when his funeral service is held at Corbets Tey Crematorium on Monday (1.20pm).
The 93-year-old lived in the borough for many years, building the Hornchurch & Elm Park club, before retiring to Cornwall where he passed away after a long battle against throat cancer.
Butler was also a dedicated schools boxing official and in 2004 was presented with a Schools’ ABA long service recognition award for a lifetime of voluntary services to amateur boxing.
In recent years he was a popular president of Dagenham Boxing Club, regularly travelling up from the south west to attend their shows.
Club secretary Danny O’Sullivan paid tribute, saying: “Jim was a very astute amateur boxing historian, coach and team manager and a highly respected member of our club for many years. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.”
n The first amateur title campaign of 2016 starts next week with the ABA Youth Championships for boxers born in 1998 and 1999.
The weigh-in and draw is on Tuesday at the Plaistow base of West Ham BC and, subject to entries, preliminary contests are scheduled at the same gym on January 14 and on the Fairbairn dinner show at the Prince Regent Hotel, Chigwell on January 22.
Boxers from Havering clubs are set to join the entries at the start of the national title trail, with the local winners going forward to the London finals.