Bradford College coach joins GB Boxing Team for World Championships in Russia

Mally MacIver

Mally MacIver, Bradford College Boxing coach, has been selected as a coach to join the GB Boxing team at the ‘World Boxing Championships’ in Russia. The event, runs from 7-15th September and, along with the Olympic Games, is the highest level of competition for the sport.

Mally has worked at Braford College for a number of years, supporting the Bradford Police Boxing Academy, the Colleges Boxing Club and more latterly coaching students and running a junior boxing club. This appointment provides further recognition of Mally’s coaching abilities and the level of skill that he offers to students who participate in Boxing at the Colleges Trinity Green Campus in BD5.

Mally has previous experience working with England Boxing and regularly travels to various countries with College students who have boxing aspirations. Attending the World Championships will be a new experience for Mally, who said: “I’ve supported the World and European Youth Championships, but this is the first time I’ll be coaching at the senior World Championships. In boxing terms the World Championships can be tougher than the Olympics!”

During his time with GB Boxing, Mally will be supporting the full-time GB Boxing coaches and making sure boxers are fully prepared for bouts and training sessions. This experience will only increase the level of training he is able to provide to Bradford College students. Talking about his trip, Mally said: “I will be working at a tournament where future superstars are competing.  Boxers like Lomachenko (current Unified Lightweight World Champion) have won medals at previous World Championships - so it will be great to see that calibre of fighter. I was buzzing to be invited and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. It is a personal and professional achievement to be invited and I am looking forward working with GB Boxing and representing the College overseas.”

All Bradford College students can take part in Boxing Programmes via the College Boxing Club; the College benefits from an AIBA-spec competition ring, a full range of equipment and audio-visual analysis facilities.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the range of sports courses, or the boxing programme available at the College should visit the Open Event on Saturday 7th September, between 10am and 1pm in the Advanced Technology Centre (ATC), or visit the College website and search for information and details about how to enquire and apply.

Harris Akbar, who recently won a silver medal at the U22 European Boxing Championships  had this to say about the opportunities on offer at the College: “I am very proud to have been a student at Bradford College and proud to continue to represent the Bradford College Boxing Club. The boxing facilities at Bradford College are excellent and I owe the College, and especially Mally, a lot for helping me get to where I am today”.

Harris is currently recovering from an operation on his hand, but is still hoping to contend for a place at the 2020 Olympics, or at least the Commonwealth Games in 2022.