Published On: 01/07/2024|3.2 min read|

The Best of British: Stevie Bell

Celebrating The Best of British in Altrincham on the run up to The Brit Fest.

We spoke to Boxer Stevie Bell, owner of Bells Gym who has competed for England over 35 times during his boxing career 🥊

Read Stevie's story below..

"I first laced on the gloves at the age of 13 and was quickly thrown in to the exciting world of boxing. Having lost my first two fights, I could never have imagined back then that boxing would teach me the tools to succeed in life.

 

 

After losing my first two bouts as a young amateur boxer, I could have quite easily turned my back on boxing, but there something about the gym atmosphere and sense of belonging that kept me coming back.

After picking up my first win - which after 2 losses I can only describe as like hacking your first 2 golf shots then hitting a beauty- you’re hooked!  The feeling of winning is by far the greatest feeling, and was only made sweeter by the earlier losses I had experienced.  Looking back now, those first two losses were the best thing that could have happened to me.

After 2 years as an amateur and travelling around the country competing at various shows, I had picked up a few wins and losses on the way and didn’t really have any plans on being a successful boxer. I was just happy to be part of such a great group of people and enjoying my time there.

1990 was the year that changed my view on my future in boxing, it was the Italia 1990 World Cup and footballer, Paul Gascoigne, inspired me to want to box for my country. After seeing his commitment and desire to his sport and country, it gave me my ambition to box for England. I wanted to win a national title but was told by other coaches I was too skinny, and would never be strong enough to box for England. That didn’t deter me, I knew I had the ability to come back from defeat and so started the journey to work hard to get to where I wanted.

In 1997 all the hard work paid off,  I was crowned National ABA champion defeating all my opponents by stoppage, then eventually winning the final at Birmingham NEC by a second round stoppage, thus securing my selection for the England Team.

I went on to box for my country over 35 times, including two World Championships, two Commonwealth Games, and I was made Captain of the England team at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002. Not bad from a lad who was told he was too skinny and too weak!

Having finally competed in over 175 fights, both amateur and professional, travelling around the world competing in a number of tournaments - I can wholeheartedly say that boxing has without doubt given me the tools to succeed in life, instilling confidence and discipline to achieve the impossible.

I decided to open Bells Gym back in 2013, to show the people of Altrincham and around the whole of Cheshire, exactly what boxing can do for you.

Boxing gyms can feel a little bit intimidating but at Bells we are here to improve your wellbeing. Our boxing themed classes and 1-2-1' offer an exciting and addictive workout which will strengthen you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Our amazing trainers and wonderful members provide a fun friendly atmosphere making Bells Gym such a magical place to train for the young and old.