Champion boxers express sadness following fire at tower block of former club

Six people have died in a fire in a tower block in a west London estate

James DeGale during a photocall at at the Grenfell Tower

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Champion boxers have expressed their sadness after a devastating fire took place at the home of their old gym, claiming the lives of at least six people.

A massive fire occurred at the Grenfell Tower in the early hours of this morning, which is the home of the Dale Youth ABC (Amateur Boxing Club), where world champion boxers James DeGale and George Groves trained as amateurs.

The boxing club was included in a £10million refurbishment of the building last year. A spokesperson from the main contractor which carried out the project, told The Guardian that the project 'met all required building control, fire regulation and health & safety standards.'

Following today's horrific event, both Groves and DeGale posted tribute messages on their respective Twitter pages.

WBA super-middleweight champion Groves posted:

DeGale won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and is the current IBF super-middleweight champion. He wrote: