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London Fire Brigade boxers join police in the Lafone Cup

  • May 3, 2024
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London Fire Brigade boxers join police in the Lafone Cup

On 25th April, London Fire Brigade (LFB) proudly entered the ring at the O2 Indigo arena in North Greenwich to compete in the prestigious Lafone Cup, the world’s oldest police boxing championship. In a thrilling display of athleticism and camaraderie, LFB boxers faced off against the Metropolitan Police Service in an event that showcased the resilience and skill of both teams.

This year marked the Brigade’s returned to the Lafone Cup after several years. A team of firefighters, members of the community boxing club, and LFB representatives from local boxing gyms joined forces to represent the Brigade in this historic competition.

The LFB team, led by dedicated coach and Wallington Firefighter Charlie Beatt, demonstrated outstanding performance throughout the evening. Brigade representatives Matt Shirling, Dylan Baldwin, and Simone Clarke emerged victorious in their respective bouts against Met boxers.

Firefighter Ashley Gordon from Lambeth fire station, one of four firefighters who competed in the event, expressed his pride in boxing for the Brigade: “I’ve been training quite hard, and I’m proud to get up there and represent us.”

Joining Ashley in the ring were firefighters Klaudia Dyga, Luke Alsthorpe, and Vick Wipfler. For Vick, from East Greenwich Fire Station, this Lafone Cup held special significance. Vick had previously worked as a police officer for the Met before training as a firefighter, making this her first experience competing against her former colleagues.

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