Thursday 15th December 2011 -

Boxing spectacular for Help for Heroes

A BOXING spectacular is being held to raise money for the Armed Forces charity Help For Heroes on Saturday.
The night will see a total of 15 bouts being fought at Talk nightclub in Southend.
The event is the brainchild of Scott Cuba, an events organiser and DJ, who has been working alongside business partner James Chrisolm.
James, who runs the Lockerroom Gym, in Southend, explained he had been training local youngsters in the art of boxing.
He said: “The discipline sets them right on track. Some of the lads will be fighting on the night of the show displaying their skills.
“The aim for the show is to have the very best production plus a great after show party.”
The event will focus on Essex boxers fighting competitors from the rest of the UK.
A title fight will also take place between local lad Mike Bourne and Joe Katz. There will also be a guest appearance from Big Joe Egan.
Scott, who runs Pacha nights, explained there would be great music to accompany fighters as well as pyrotechnics.
He said: “It’s going to be one of the best boxing nights there is in this area.
“A lot of people do stuff for the charity, but the service people are always in the news.
“Whether you agree with what they are fighting for or not, they deserve our support.”
The Big Christmas Bash will be held at Talk nightclub on Saturday at 7pm.
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Making Changes For The Better

Thursday 4th March 2010 - Yellow Advertiser

THE TEAM at a local gym has joined together with Southend Council’s Street Engagement Team to get children off the streets.

They have launched a new behavioural management scheme called Changes in which young people can go to the Locker Room, Clifftown Road, Southend, and take part in a variety of sports including martial arts and boxing.

They hope to encourage the youngsters to develop their self-confidence, and social interaction.

Owner James Chisholm said: Taking part in these activities promotes fitness, discipline, friendship, fairplay and respect.

The scheme offers kids a constructive alternative to anti-social behaviour such as drugs and alcohol abuse.”

For more information contact the Locker Room on 01702 338402 or e-mail

You Can’t Touch Us, We're Part Of The Union

Thursday 4th June 2009 - Southend Echo

THE newly-formed Southend based Locker Room have joined the Amateur Boxing Union.

This organisation works in conjuction with various exisiting contact sports organisations and breaks up the monoply held by various leading organisations.

And gym owner James Chisholm, a former professional fighter himself, believes it will make a big difference.

"It gives contact sports men, women and children of all ages more choice and contests but more importantly helps small clubs and indivduals that have been frozen out by selfishness and internal polictics,” said Chisholm.

“Boxing and other contact sports organisations can work together and not against each other.”

The Locker Room, which is based at Southend Central train station, is running a junior boxing summer camp which begins at the end of July. For further details on this or the club contact the gym on 01702 338402.

Pro Boxing Gym is Carving Itself A Reputation

Monday 18th May 2009 - Southend Echo

FORMER professional boxer James Chisholm has opened his own base in Southend.

The 29-year-old — who now lives in Rayleigh — fought internationally for Ireland many times.

His successful career, which saw him win all 12 of his bouts under the management of Frank Maloney, ended when he acquired a complicated head injury which forced him to hang up his gloves.

Chisholm also won more than 130 fights as an amateur.

He is now keen to help others follow in his footsteps by setting up a new gym.

He has founded the Locker Room at Southend Central railway station.

And four of the club’s members — Warren Root, Paul Jackaman, Jamie Lee Jones and Dean Welton — have already started to impress.

The four fighters represented Southend in a boxing tournament at the well-known Ring Boxing Club in London recently.

All came out on top in the gruelling tournament.

The result delighted Chisholm and so has the number of people coming into train at the Locker Room.

“People come to a gym for an experience, not a workout.

“And they need to leave feeling motivated — both physically and mentally,” said Chisholm.

“For a few minutes in their day, boxing instills escapism from the real world.

“It’s a desire to reach a goal that nobody sees but you.

“We are there to take that journey with them, every step of the way.”

For further details contact the club on 01702 338402.

Debut Fight Success For Dean Walton and Warren Root

Friday 3rd April 2009 - Southend Echo

Two boxers from a Southend gym have won their debut fights.

Dean Welton and Warren Root from the Locker Room, based at Southend Central Station, claimed the victory at a tournament in London.

The Locker Room opened in October and has two more boxers, Paul Jackaman and Jamie Lee Jones, fighting on April 24.

Founder James Chisholm said: “People come to a gym for an experience, not a workout and they need to leave feeling motivated, both physically and mentally.

“For a few minutes in our members day, boxing instills escapism from the real world and a desire to reach a goal that nobody sees but you. We are there to keep their hearts pumping, adrenaline flowing and spirits soaring.”

Tickets are available for the event at the club or from Call the club for more information on 01702 338402.

Big Joe's Boxing Masterclass

11th November 2008 - Southend Echo


BOXING fans were treated on Saturday when former Irish heavyweight boxing champion ‘Big’ Joe Egan dropped in to Waterstone’s in Southend.

Mr Egan signed copies of his book, Big Joe Egan: The Toughest White Man on the Planet. The signing was organised alongside Mr Egan’s appearance at the Locker Room gym, at Southend Central station, where he gave a boxing workshop to gym members and local boxers.

The Locker Room’s co-owner James Chisholm said: “Joe is one of those guys who you speak to for five minutes and then feel as if you have known him all your life.

“People also had the chance to ask Joe questions. This proved really popular, especially because of his friendship with Mike Tyson.”

Gym'll fix it for commuters

Tuesday 7th October 2008 - Southend Echo


A PROFESSIONAL boxer and his sparring partner are opening a gym at Southend Central Station to promote fitness, martial arts and boxing.

The Locker Room will open at 6am every day to enable commuters to exercise before getting on the train to work.

It will also have a juice bar and coffee kiosk.

The gym has weight machines and a full-size boxing ring and punch bag room. It is set to open in the next two weeks.

One of the co-owners is James Chisholm, a professional boxer who represented Ireland at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and has a record of 12 unbeaten professional fights.

Following an injury, Mr Chisholm has turned his attention to getting young people interested in the sport. He said: “There’s a saying that ‘kids in sport stay out of court’ and I believe strongly in that theory.”

His business partner, Trevor Woodward, is a martial arts expert.

He said: “We’re fulfilling a lifelong ambition to start our own health club.”

The club is hosting an open weekend on October 11 and 12.

Firms Woo Students at College

Sunday 30th September 2007 - Southend Echo

Boxing clever - Sarah Lagie and Gracie Britton with James Chisholm

THE new term at South East Essex College kicked off with a student fair.

More than 40 companies set up stands in the college and showed off the sort of facilities on offer in the Southend.

James Chisholm from Fitness First, gave students the opportunity to try boxing against training pads.