A NEW gym in Birkenhead enjoyed a knockout grand opening thanks to a World Boxing Champion.

On Thursday, October 26, IBO World Boxing Champion, JJ Metcalf cut the ribbon outside the new "state-of-the-art" Anytime Fitness gym, located on Grange Road.

The Liverpool-born boxer also signed autographs and took photos with the gym’s members.

One member was even given the "experience of a lifetime", holding up the pads for Metcalf as he donned his boxing gloves on the gym floor.

Attendees of the opening event were also treated to giveaways, challenges and games, as well as some healthy food laid on by the gym.

"Thank you to the team for having me down," said Metcalf.

"I had a great day and the gym is brilliant, well done to everyone involved."

Anytime Fitness Birkenhead officially opened its doors in September having taken over the Fitness4Less gym that previously occupied the site. 

"We’d like to say a huge thank you to JJ for supporting our grand opening," said Renata Holliday, co-owner of Anytime Fitness Birkenhead.

"As someone local to the area who has enjoyed so many rewards from being physically active, he was the perfect guest for us and it was great to see the local community come out for him."

If you’d like to try the gym for yourself, you can claim a free trial by visiting www.anytimefitness.co.uk/birkenhead.