Arthur ends role in pro boxing to focus on amateur club

Arthur ends role in pro boxing to focus on amateur club

Jamie Arthur has ended his role as a trainer and manager in professional boxing. The 35-year-old will hand back his license to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC), having also served as the License Holder’s Representative for the Welsh Area Council. The Welshman will solely focus on his amateur boxing club based in Rhydyfelin, near Pontypridd in the South Wales Valleys, where he trains 30 youngsters. The move will leave professional boxers like Bradley Pryce, Kyle King and Jimmy White without official representation. The recent rule change from International Boxing Association (AIBA) that bans professional coaches from cornering an amateur bout at any level, whether it’s a standard club show or an Olympic Games final, has influenced Arthur’s decision. He said, “With AIBA’s new rules, it puts me in a position where I either stick with the pros and don’t work with my amateurs or go with the amateurs and don’t work with the pros. “The whole idea of me starting the gym was to set up grass roots boxing, so I have to think of the long term goals and doing work with the kids from the community. “We can’t work with amateur boxers if we’re licensed professionals, so for the time being, I have to make the transition back to the amateurs.” The 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist has trained a number of amateur boxers to novice titles and will enter six boxers in the Welsh Elite Championships in March. Arthur, who went on to win Welsh Area and Commonwealth titles as a professional, was keen to deflect any criticism from Welsh Boxing [formerly known as WABA/Welsh Amateur Boxing Association] – the organisation who govern amateur boxing in Wales. He said, “The fact of the matter is, WABA have to follow suit and do what they have to do with AIBA’s rules, which is fair enough. People might blame the WABA but it’s not [them]. The WABA have no choice or powers on this, they just have to abide by the rules set up by AIBA. “I haven’t been stopped [from cornering] when taking a boxer to the ring yet and I don’t want it to come to that. I’ve thirty amateur kids, all the amateurs want me in their corners. I want to work in their corners and I have to make the decision.”

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