Few sports tick as many boxes as boxing. Try it for fitness, self-defence or self-esteem. Here are some great venues in Mayfair.
Words by Sophia Charalambous
Boxing has long been a British obsession.
As far back as the 18th century, there were fights between the great Daniel Mendoza and Richard Humphreys – the Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier of their time.
Recently, since Team GB's five medals for boxing at the London 2012 Olympics, the sport has enjoyed a renaissance.
The number of participants in England rose from 672,000 in 2016 to 745,300 in 2019.
New boxing gyms and clubs have opened across the country including a significant number in Mayfair.
From boutique gyms to fitness centres, wellness complexes and even a traditional boxing club, everyone can box in Mayfair.
Here are some places to look out for.
For the old schooler – JAB
JAB is the brainchild of former England boxer and multi-title winner George Veness, alongside businesswoman Jamie Landesberg.
It promises an “innovative new era of boxing in London.”
The 45-minute sessions in Mayfair’s North Audley Street combine bag-work, bodyweight and strength conditioning.
The core team of expert trainers includes Ahmet Patterson, English title and WBO International title winner.
With an old school, authentic feel, this gym promotes a back-to-basics approach.
Prices: One class is £25; 10 classes at £22.50/class; 6-week Fight Camp at £475.
For the all-rounder – Buddhabox
Buddhabox is not just a boxing gym but a wellness space.
The venue at 16 Berkeley Street also offers yoga and movement classes, blending the benefits of resistance training, HIIT and free movement.
But the boxing classes are worth a membership alone.
Friendly and personable, Taron is known as “the best pad man in the business”.
The drills, sparring, skipping, core strength and conditioning mean you will not get away lightly.
Fellow trainer Kojo, who coached several professional athletes and current boxing champions, will tone and shape your body like a fighter.
BOXING/MMA membership, £150, for 30 classes a month as a three-month contract.
For the poser – BXR
BXR is professional boxer Anthony Joshua’s passion project.
The Marylebone gym is based on training people to the standards of professional athletes, from the workouts to the equipment.
There are strength and conditioning classes, boxing lessons, circuit training and an extensive timetable of group classes.
Plus there's a respected team of coaches.
Personal training or combat coaching: £85 • Middleweight package (12 sessions): £930 (£77.50 per session) • Heavyweight package (24 sessions): £1,800 (£75 per session).