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Tribute to Amateur Boxing Club, The Fitzroy Lodge, Packs an Emotional Punch

A new video about the history and present state of London’s famed amateur boxing club, The Fitzroy Lodge, shows the value of teaching discipline and control, along with how to knock somebody out.

The club may have an unofficial slogan that echoes West Side Story, but you probably wouldn’t want to tell that to one of its members. “Once you’re a Lodge fighter, you’re always a Lodge fighter” has been the refrain of many a pugilist who cut his teeth in South London’s legendary amateur boxing club The Fitzroy Lodge since it opened over 100 years ago. Now the esteemed fighting facility has received a stirring tribute thanks to Port Magazine, Mother London and Bosh.

For its Autumn issue, Port Magazine paid tribute to the volunteer-run, donation-supported boxing institution with a short film directed by Anthony Austin. Created by Mother London’s in-house production unit, Bosh, Fitzroy Lodge is a stirring documentary showing what the club does, in practical terms, and everything it has stood for over the past century. In stately black-and-white, the film captures the literal sweat of hard-working kids as they train, and the testimony of fully grown adults who have learned discipline, honor, and how to be who they are at the Fitzroy Lodge. The club was founded by a surgeon in 1908 in an effort to get kids off the street, and many fighters who learned how to box there as kids continue frequenting the place to this day.

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  • Alec Mitchell

    HI
    Before the war i lived in Peckham and boxed for Sumner road school both in London and in Bideford in Devon where we were evacuated to. tHE FACILITIES AT THE SCHOOL WERE NOT VERY GOOD. oUR PHYSICAL TRAINING TEACHER GOT US AN HOUR A WEEK AT FITZROY LODGE NEAR THE ELEPHANT. SOON AFTER THAT THE WAR CAME AND WE WERE ALL PACKED OFF TO BIDEFORD.I LEFT SCHOOL IN 1942 AT 14, WHICH WAS NORMAL IN THOSE DAYS. WHEN I CAME BACK TO PECKHAM THE CLUB HAD BEEN BOMBED OUT. I WAS TOLD THAT FITZROY LODGE HAD AMAGAMATED WITH LYNN AC.
    AS MY FIRST CONCERN WAS MAKING A LIVING, I FORGOT ALL ABOUT BOXING. I AM NOW 85. I AM NOT A RICH MAN BUT I WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO MAKE A SMALL DONATION TO THE CLUB
    GOOD LUCK
    SINCERELY
    ALEC MITCHELL