Britain's 800 professional boxers joined dustmen and dinner ladies as part of the GMB yesterday when the British Boxers' Association was unveiled as the nation's latest union at the TUC's headquarters in London. Lennox Lewis was the first boxer to join.
A £100 per year will entitle boxers to a range of services including financial advice, legal assistance and re-training when their careers are over. At present the BBA will only represent professional boxers, but there are plans to include Britain's 6,000 amateurs.
In 1993 Barry McGuigan and other notable boxers launched the Professional Boxers' Association, but it never quite had the backing that the GMB will provide the BBA.