Imran Khalil

Formed the Fighting Chance in 2015 after 18 years working in recruitment and employability.

He has organised job events for large and small employers across Central London and specialised programmes in conjunction with the Met Police Integrated Gangs Unit and the Armed Forces.

Imran is passionate about boxing but also about helping people achieve their best and to realise their potential.

Imran has 2 years experience of running boxing based classes in a fitness based setting and is qualified boxing tutor and first aider – He is also a long standing member of Islington Boxing Club

He has an in-depth understanding of the barriers faced by people when trying to find work and brings his enthusiasm and experience to deliver the employability section of the programme and ongoing support

Bart Bartholomew

Bart joined The Fighting Chance as Development Director in 2018. He has a background in Commissioning, Service Design, and Safeguarding, with experience in central, regional and local government.

He is supporting the development of The Fighting Chance programmes with a focus on expanding the reach and impact of the business.

Bart believes the power of sport can help people enjoy a better life, and transform the lives of those less fortunate or with complex needs.

Bart is a keen, but slow, cyclist.

Nick Abbott

Joined The Fighting Chance to assist with the running and operational side of the charity. Nick started his career in recruitment and has also been involved in helping boxers and fighters get the financial support they need in their career.

Nick is an avid fan of both boxing and mixed martial arts and believes that you can enjoy what the training has to offer no matter your ability or exercise past. Nick also gets involved with The Fighting Chances social media channels to make people more aware of what we are trying to achieve.


Islington boxing club has a fantastic team of full-time qualified and experienced male and female boxing coaches who will deliver the boxing element of the programme and bring expert knowledge from their backgrounds as Professional boxers and competition winners.

Their experience, knowledge and friendly approach help to make all of the clubs workouts and classes both challenging and enjoyable.

They will take participants through all the stages a boxer would undertake in preparation for competition although they will stop short of sparring work.


Winston joined Islington Boxing Club over 4 years ago as a coach and was previously a member of IBC back in the 1990’s as a boxer. Winston is a very enthusiastic individual and quickly went on to complete his ABA Assistant Coaches badge and is one of the most known coaches at the gym due to him regularly teaching boxing to the academy members (senior & junior), competitive seniors, and recreational keep fitters during the week. Winston is now a YMCA qualified Personal Trainer and hopes to work as a PT very soon so he is able to develop the boxers physical aspects.

Zowie Campbell

Zowie boxed as a junior for Islington Boxing Club and went on to box as a Senior at Repton Boxing Club.
He began his coaching career at Islington Boxing Club in 2015.


The Fighting Chance is proud to introduce in their Coaching line-up Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo. Larry has a bag of tricks learned from his Pro Career to pass on to people he coaches. Champion of Africa, ranked number 30 in the World, number 11 in Europe. Winner of Sky TV’s Prizefighter tournament Undefeated record. Planning to defend the African title on Nigeria soil to a live TV audience of millions.


The Fighting Chance is proud to introduce Nigeria’s most successful current boxer Olugesun ‘the Gun’ Ajose. Former Olympian, Nigerian, British, African and Commonwealth Champion. Professional with 32 wins to his name Signed with Floyd Mayweathers manager. Ajose has boxed and coached in gyms all around the world at the very highest level.

The Fighting Chance is 3 years old!
Thank you to everyone that helped along the way.
We have run 10 programmes since 2015 supporting 146 men & women that have barriers to work. 50% have moved into work -nearly 70% into work or training.
#boxing #employability #thefightingchance

Bart and Imran from The Fighting Chance at the Queen’s Birthday Rehearsal. Thanks Big Vern for arranging.

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