Another victory for Afewee boxer Vivien Parsons

Vivien Parsons (right) in her final with Lily Henderson

Vivien Parsons from Brixton’s Afewee boxing club won the female youth under 60 kilos title at this year’s England Boxing National Youth Championships in Banbury at the weekend.

She beat Lily Henderson of the Lionheart Boxing Academy in Hull when the referee stopped the contest.

It was not the first national victory or title for Vivien Parsons. She was a making a name for herself two years ago when she won at the 2019 Female Box Cup.

In the same year, she became the second Afewee boxer to be invited onto the Boxing England talent programme.

Afewee was established in 1997 by co-founders Steadman Scott and Tony Goldring, beginning life as a grassroots football club at Crystal Palace sports centre.

The boxing club was set up in May 2014 in Brixton Rec.

Afewee offers recreational and competitive classes suitable for all levels, abilities and age groups.

“We pride ourselves on providing a structured and disciplined environment, believing that boxing not only increases physical fitness, but also mental, social and physiological wellbeing,” the club says.

The club is run by England Boxing qualified coach Bobby Miltiadous and a passionate and dedicated team of volunteer coaches.

Speaking after the Banbury event, England development coach Amanda Coulson said: “Across the female and male categories we saw some very accomplished performances from young boxers who have clearly been working hard during the break enforced by Covid.”

She said Boxing England would invite boxers, like Vivien Parsons, who won open class titles to attend a youth champions day with the England talent coaches on Sunday 12 December at West Ham Boxing Club.

“Those who have performed well here, and, age-wise, are still eligible, have also put themselves in a strong position for the England Boxing National Youth Championships 2022, which are coming up in February,” said Coulson.