Last weekend was the second season of the London’s newest boxing concept in Bethnal Green’s iconic York Hall. I‘m half Nigerian so of course I love AJ – but this review is coming from someone who has never watched boxing on the telly let alone watched it ringside.
Before attending, I did some research and discovered that This is Boxing was founded by Ant Opara, Whylee & Jared three millennials who saw a different way to deliver live boxing nights. Their first event took place in December last year with 12 action-packed fights judged by professionals in and around the boxing industry such as former British champion Darren Hamilton.
My tickets said arrive at 5 and of course I was late however arriving at 6 was still too early. I would recommend arriving just before the first match starts which was 7 as this is when most spectators start to show and as I discovered when it comes to boxing, atmosphere is everything.
After going to the bar to get a drink – which we were unfortunately told we weren’t allowed to take to our seats we managed to find some seats in a great spot just outside of VIP where we could see everything.
Tickets started at £20 which I think it was great value for money. If you can afford to splurge out I would recommend going ringside for the full experience to get those sick angles for snap as well as included drinks and popcorn.
For those unable to attend there was a live streaming with hilarious commentary from the guys behind #3SHOTSOFTEQUILA podcast. Listen back above.
The night began with introductions from charismatic host Sky Sports Pundit Spencer Fearo as well as Chenade Laroy who arrived later on. Although there were a few awkward moments whilst waiting and confirming if the fighters were ready to come out, all the fights were exciting and drew a lot of the crowd to their feet.
Throughout the night and in-between fights we heard from artists such as OB The Author, Shakes, B Young, Deep Green, Mr Hustle, Ras Elijah, Shef, King Proxject and Shaqydread as well as a lit performance from headliner WSTRN.
Overall I had a great time event, I think the combination of boxing with live music from the urban sphere is here to stay and can only get better. Well done to the amazing team, hosts, artists – you put together a great night and I look forward to the next one.