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Newark Amateur Boxing Club’s Chloe Davies and Sam Hardy make their mark for England

By Connor Thompson

Two up-and-coming youngsters are making their presence felt on the national amateur boxing scene.

After taking a silver medal in the finals of her weight class at the England Boxing National Schools Championships in Crawley last month, Newark Amateur Boxing Club’s Chloe Davies was selected to represent England in the Tri Nations in Barnsley.

In only her first season, Davies, 13, of Newark, put on a show in the finals.

Chloe Davies (in blue).
Chloe Davies (in blue).

Using her movement and shot selection to her advantage, all of her coaches agreed she boxed brilliantly over the three rounds as she narrowly missed on the win after the judges awarded opponent Paige Hoile with the win for her overall pressure throughout the bout.

“For Chloe to come second in the National Schools Championships in her first ever season was an incredible accomplishment,” said Dean Sugden, head coach of Suggy’s Gym, in Newark.

“Then going on to represent England in the Tri Nations and lose in the final again was amazing and quite simply the dream for any aspiring young boxer.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing Chloe develop over the next season and achieve great things in the sport as she progresses.

“Women’s boxing, both at amateur and professional level, is on the up.”

Chloe Davies (12948053)
Chloe Davies (12948053)

Davies’ fellow club member Sam Hardy, who has trained at Newark ABC since he was four, is another in-form boxer.

The 13 years old, who has two consecutive National Schools titles under his belt, the most recent of which was Crawley last month, has also received attention from national coaches.

After attending a selection camp in Sheffield, Hardy this week received notification of the next step in his journey in the form of a letter from England Boxing, telling him he will be representing his country in the EUBC Schools European Boxing Championships in Georgia in August.

“It came as no surprise to me to hear Sam has been selected to go to Georgia,” said Sugden.

“He’s a great kid with a very level head on his young shoulders and is very well thought of by everyone here at NABC.”

“Although he started with us as a kickboxer, he soon realised he preferred boxing and has settled into the sport extremely well.

“Sam is another one whose progress I am looking forward to following.

“If he continues to remain disciplined and focused, there’s no doubt in my mind he can go all the way.”

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