All Stars Boxing Gym, Harrow Road
Photographs by Alex Schneideman
SMACK was given access to photograph at The All Stars Boxing Gym, a converted church in Harrow Road, London, The club was set up in 1974 by Isola Akay, MBE, a former Ghanaian boxing champion, so that he could train his son Teejay and his friends and take them off the streets.Teejay went on to become the British cruiserweight champion, along with other title holders from the club.
The club is high on the go-to list for visiting world champions, among them Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield (though not together), Lennox Lewis, the unbeaten Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton.
Photographs by Alex Schneideman.