Boxing: Leith Victoria open new museum

Alex Arthur, Douglas Fraser and Stephen Simmons open the new museum. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Alex Arthur, Douglas Fraser and Stephen Simmons open the new museum. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Scotland’s oldest amateur boxing gym is to honour past and present champions with the opening of a new museum.

Leith Victoria welcomed guests to relive some of the club’s achievements at a presentation yesterday evening, including former Leith amateur and WBO world super featherweight champion Alex Arthur.

Located within the club’s premises on Academy Street, club secretary Douglas Fraser says this has been an idea of his for quite some time and is delighted to see it finally come to fruition.

“I’ve been thinking about this for the last two or three years,” Fraser said, who first started out boxing as an amateur for Leith in 1956 before taking on roles as club coach and a referee judge. “There are so many trophies that keep getting handed in and they end up just gathering dust sitting about in cupboards.

One of the items on 
display will be a cup belonging to Olympic silver-medallist and amateur welterweight champion Alex Ireland from 1921.

“We’ve also got a lot of other awards sitting around the club which carry great prestige so I’ve been thinking about putting them on display for quite a while,” added Fraser,

“With the amount of champions that we’ve had over the years, I don’t think many clubs in Britain could rival what we’ve achieved.”