One of the most popular figures in British boxing, Jamie is a former European, British, Irish, Commonwealth and European light-middleweight Champion.
Since hanging up the gloves, Jamie has gone on to become a successful TV pundit – a familiar face on Sky Sports – and now trains a busy stable of top professionals including two-weight world champion Carl Frampton and rising star Chantelle Cameron.
Jamie has always used his profile and love of boxing as a force for good and is delighted to be working with Maverick Stars.
Jamie said: “Growing up in in Salford, I know how important it is to have the opportunities that sport, and boxing, can give kids who otherwise have little hope. It’s crucial that we do all we can to help people stay on the right path and chase their dreams.”
The highlight of Conner’s career so far has been the bronze medal he won for England at the Youth World Championships in Hungary in 2018 – although most watching believed the teenager had done enough to make it through to the final.
Regardless, the Mancunian middleweight has a burgeoning reputation in the sport and is dreaming of representing Great Britain at the Olympics. He’s certainly come a very long way since walking into Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club as a wide-eyed eight-year-old.
As well as working hard in progressing his own career, Conner has joined forces with Maverick Stars to work on projects that will help other young people stay on track to achieve their goals.
Conner said: “The support I get off Maverick Stars is helping me continue my path and I want to work with the charity to help others just like me. It’s hard to stay motivated and in the gym when there are so many distractions, but hopefully I can be an example to others.”
Chantelle is quickly establishing herself as one of Britain’s most exciting boxing talents and is a woman in a hurry to achieve her ambitions of winning world titles.
From Northampton, but now based in Manchester, Chantelle began fighting as a ten-year old kickboxer. After running out of opponents and titles to hoover up, Chantelle switched to boxing aged 18 and rose rapidly to take her place on the GB squad. The plan then? Olympic glory.
That chapter didn’t reach the dream conclusion after Chantelle missed out on qualification for Rio 2016. Despite the bitter disappointment, ‘Wham Bam Chan’ decided to join the pro ranks and her unbeaten career has blossomed. The new dream – to chase down Irish sensation Katie Taylor and win a blockbuster fight to become the unified lightweight world champion.
Chantelle’s also determined to use her profile in boxing to encourage other young people to get active and use the power of sport to improve their lives.
“Kickboxing and boxing have helped me on so many different levels,” Chantelle explained. “I didn’t believe I’d have a career in professional boxing when I was a little girl, but everything has changed, and we have to create as many opportunities for people as we can.”
“Maverick Stars is a charity that is doing just that, and I’m delighted to be on board.”
A man who wears many hats (even though the flat cap rarely leaves his head!), Nige is a serving firefighter of more than 20 years and runs Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club. Along with those duties, he trains a stable of professional boxers alongside Jamie Moore and even finds time for acting!
After a long and successful amateur boxing career, Nigel briefly turned professional before concentrating on his other roles with the fire service and as a boxing coach. After being spotted in a gym by a tv producer due to his ‘interesting’ face, a series of film and tv appearances followed – most notably in Peaky Blinders.
Nigel’s main passion though is helping to change or save lives through boxing. Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club works with disadvantaged and often isolated children from hard to reach communities. The role the club plays in providing opportunities and a safe environment in an area troubled by gang activity, cannot be overstated.
“Fundamentally, kids need help,” Nigel said. “At the moment there’s a big problem with knife crime and other issues and I want to help change the world little by little. Some kids I work with don’t have a home life and no hope at first, but boxing can give them a pathway.
“I’m delighted to work with Maverick Stars to help engage even more young people. We need to provide more opportunity and I know that nothing works as well as boxing. It can save the world!”
Dave is the head coach at Wimborne ABC and also a professional boxing trainer a Dorset county coach.
Formerly a member of the armed services, Dave completed several tours of Iraq along with other desert destinations. Following seven years of service, he left to pursue opportunities in the fitness industry. It was then that his passion for boxing resulted in him opening his own gym in the town he grew up in.
One of his key areas of work has been creating opportunities for girls. There wasn’t any scope for girls in Wimborne to get involved in the sport until Dave launched ‘Girls In Gloves’ in partnership with Maverick Stars trust. The aim of the initiative is to increase female participation in boxing whilst also helping to combat mental health issues in younger girls.
The programme has been a huge success and continues to grow a rapid rate.
Dave has kindly agreed to help set up our latest project ‘Sting like a Bee’, in his home county of Dorset. We are currently running this project across Greater Manchester to help tackle serious youth violence and ASB. We are targeting those at risk and engaging with the Young People through the boxing gym.
Check out the great work they are doing: https://instagram.com/girls_in_gloves?igshid=1d7pupt6j0xel