A Life in Boxing
Johnny Edwards has been in and around the sport all his life, boxing himself from the age of 12 up to 34. In the later stages of his career he boxed for Guildford City Boxing Gym where Johnny took over as the Head Coach in 1997.
When Johnny took over Guildford City they had just 5 registered boxers with their last national champion back in the late 1940s. Johnny had his first school boy champion the year after taking over Guildford City and hasn’t looked back since with him training over 150 National Champions in the amateurs and build an excellent team of coaches in the gym.
On top of being a coach at Guildford City Johnny has become the Surrey County Coach and Matchmaker as well as being an executive council member for the Surrey Amateur Boxing Association.
Johnny’s also a Southern Counties Coach and Matchmaker and is also an Executive Council Member for the Southern Counties on top of being an official for England Boxing. As well as this Johnny has a great relationship working with Team GB proudly turning out boxers for them as well as Team England with the boxers winning gold medals at the highest levels of the amateur game from the school boys right up to the seniors. Johnny did have the opportunity to go full time with GB but he decided against it as he didn’t want to give up his commitments to the Guildford City gym.
Putting on charity boxing events over the years with Guildford and District, Johnny has been involved with raising over half a million pounds for some amazing causes. As a result of this Johnny received the highest award from Rotary “The Paul Harris Fellowship”. Johnny has also been involved with Catch 22 helping young people and disadvantaged adults through boxing programmes helping the youth to take the right path in life, saving them from prison and drug abuse. The programmes Johnny has been part of have seen lots of the participants go into further education and regular employment. He’s been part of the Surrey Clubs for young people boxing programmes as well as the national SCYP who are a charity based organisation who help kids and young adults.
Johnny’s also had a big part in the professional side of the sport with him being a British Boxing Board of Control registered trainer and manager with him running the Guildford Noble Art Pro Gym. He has boxers from Bantamweight all the way up to the Heavyweight division with a lot of his boxers having big potential to become champions in their prospective categories with one of the female super featherweights in the gym being the WIBF/BGU World Champion. The gym is involved with some of the biggest promoters in the UK, with boxers fighting on both Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn shows and most recently the Ultimate Boxxer tournament with Heavyweight Nick Webb winning the most recent tournament in December 2019. There’s a big future ahead of the Guildford Noble Art Pro Gym and it’s well worth following the gyms journey.