Anthony Crolla left heartbroken as amateur boxing gym burns down in Manchester

Anthony Crolla has been left heartbroken after his amateur gym was burned down in the early hours of Sunday.

The former WBA lightweight champion has been coaching at Fox ABC since he retired from the ring earlier this year.

But the boxing club near Oldham was housed in a mill which went on fire over the weekend.

Firefighters were still tackling the blaze on Morton Street in the Failsworth area of Manchester on Sunday afternoon.

Crolla trained with Fox ABC as an amateur and returned to the club as a coach last year just before he hung up the gloves following his win over Frank Urquiaga in November.

He said: “Thanks so much for everyone who’s been in touch.

“It’s not hit me proper yet but seeing the mill this morning in the state it was is hard.

“I had many great memories there from being a kid but it’s not about me, it's about all the kids, coaches who put so much hard work in who no longer have a gym.

“It is also about mates, a few who I have been with this morning who have their whole livelihood and businesses in that building.”

Crolla took control of Fox ABC just before his retirement and had been training a number of young prospects at the gym.

He was keen to make a new career as a coach after hanging up the gloves in a career which saw him win the WBA title in 2015.

The Manchester fighter will look to find a new venue for Fox ABC to continue once the coronavirus lockdown has ended.

He added: “To the lads and girls from Fox ABC we will come back bigger and better once we get a new place so don’t be upset.

“Also a huge thanks to everyone who has already offered us a place to train once the country is back up and running.”

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