Boxers strike gold at championships
Newark Amateur Boxing Club added two more gold medals to its haul when Jade Grierson and Megan Williams were both victorious in the finals of the East Midlands Box Cup Championships in Grantham.
Jade and Megan represented the Suggy’s Gym-based club at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, where more than 500 amateurs from across the UK competed in the three-day event.
Nottinghamshire-based boxers won three gold medals at the finals on Saturday and Sunday.
Jade faced Philippa Brown, from Oliver’s ABC, a late replacement for one of her team-mates, on Saturday.
Undeterred by the change, Jade went into the fight looking relaxed and displaying patience, while also showing plenty of aggression.
Being invited on three occasions to spar with GB boxer Natasha Jonas in the build-up to the championships had clearly helped the Newark fighter develop her technique and build confidence.
She dominated all three rounds, showing class and variation of punches to take the victory and the medal.
The following day, Megan agreed to move up into the open class category, where she was matched with Georgia Klein, of Doncaster.
Going into the fight, honours were even between the two with one win each from their previous encounters.
Taking control of the centre of the ring, Megan used her speed and variety of punches to put her opponent on the back foot throughout the three rounds of boxing.
After the final bell, Megan was declared the champion and unanimous winner on points over her older, more experienced opponent.
Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden said: "What a fantastic result for the boxing club, winning two gold medals at a single event.
"We were all really pleased, not only with the performance of Jade and Megan, but also with the spirit, camaraderie and mutual support between all the boxers taking part.
"It was a fantastic opportunity for them to demonstrate their skills in the ring, with national champions and former East Midlands Box Cup winners watching.
"As you would expect, there is a real buzz at Suggy’s Gym at the minute, and it is only going to get better.