Fighting spirit

Mo Yusuff, boss of Club Row Creations recently showed that he was also the boss of the ring when he took part in a boxing bout to raise funds after the Grenfell Tower fire. He explained his motivation and boxing background to Product Media.

How long have you been an amateur boxer?

I boxed as an amateur schoolboy between the ages of nine and eleven. I won the Norfolk and Suffolk ABA championships one year. Sadly, I was made to stop by my mum who didn’t want to see me get hurt.

How many fights have you won and lost?

I had seven fights as a schoolboy and won five and lost two. One of the guys I lost against, I won the second time I fought him. I took up white collar boxing when a customer of ours had a charity boxing night in April.

What made you want to fight for Grenfell?

Our trainer Barry O’Connell, who was born and bred in West London, wanted to do something to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which happened on 14 June 2017. Barry and a few boxers at the club personally knew people who either died or suffered from the tragedy.

The demand to fight was huge and I was lucky enough to be chosen. I won my fight by a unanimous points decision. It was a great night with more than 1,000 people attending and we raised more than £30,000. Every penny raised will go to the victims.

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