Heavyweight Blue turns 100

28tH October 2017

CUABC is pleased to announce the 100th birthday of John Hockman, who fought at heavyweight in the 1939 Varsity Match. John is pictured above wearing the original 1896 CUABC tie, sent as a gift from the Club. Also pictured is his 1939 Varsity team photo and match reports from The Times and Varsity.

John was educated at Bradfield School, where he was captain of boxing and swimming. He studied at at Jesus from 1936 to 1939, and was elected to the Hawks Club in October 1939. His proposed was P. E. Templar, and his seconder was Alan Burrough. Alan was also a Jesuan and a very fine rower, winning the Diamond Skulls at Henley, also possessing a distinguished war record. He was subsequently MD of Burroughs Gin.

The Club is grateful to Tim Ellis at the Hawks Club for providing this information.


A Report on the Annual Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club 

21st October 2017

Report by James Kuo

Each year, we host the Annual Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London. 

Organised by former CUABC President and Varsity-winning welterweight Billy Fitton, the event was a great success, with a broad range of former boxers and coaches alike in attendance. In his absence, the host for the evening was Judah Aiyenuro, winner of the 2017 Varsity heavyweight bout and the self-proclaimed 'Gentle Beast'. After welcoming the alumni, he outlined the latest developments at the club, including the record-breaking turnout at trials and the exponential growth of interest in women's boxing, both competitive and recreational.

Just before dessert, Rupert Wise delivered a speech on the lessons he learned from his harrowing 13-day experience as a hostage of the Iranian authorities. Eloquent and entertaining in equal measure, he impressed upon the diners the fact that morale is something to be trained like a sharp jab - that is to say, drilled over and over again. His speech was received with rapturous applause, and will certainly be a hard act to follow next year.

Thanks go to all those in attendance, as well as the Oxford & Cambridge Club for their accommodation of CUABC. Special thanks go to Billy Fitton and Judah Aiyenuro for organising and promoting the dinner itself. The guest list and menu can be found below.

If you are an alumnus/alumna of CUABC and would like to join us for next year's Alumni Dinner, please write to us expressing your interest using the digital form here.



Le Blanc du Grand Barrail, Ctes du Blaye (France 2016)

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo "Il Faggio" (Italy 2016)



Trio of Goat's Cheese with Dill Pink Peppercorns and Sesame seeds


Roast Rump of Lamb with Parsley Crust and Honey Roasted Shallots, Dauphinoise Potatoes and French Beans served with a Madeira Sauce


Passion Fruit Tart with Roasted Peanut Crumb served with Pistachio Ice Cream


Coffee and Club Mints


Guest List

Leslie Quie

Jim Coke (+1)

Gaia Laidler

Robert Davies

Nick Bashall

Simon Lehnis

Shaun Ryles

Barnaby Bazell

Charles Garraway

John Lacy (+1)

Will Rees (+1)

Luke Smith

Qingzhi Smith

David Hitchcock

Rupert Wise

Jess Murphy

Jas Birk

John Walker

Ben Blowes & Dolph

David Freeland

Irfan Ahmed


Current Boxers

Judah Aiyenuro

James Kuo

Harry Holdstock

Elliot Teboth

Oliver Smith

Aiden Cope

Ciaran Hill


Current Coaches

Lee Mitchell

Kevan & Julie Murphy

Will Davies (+1)

David Richards