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Michael ‘Mikey’ Lindsay and Alfie Briggs-Price help Newark Amateur Boxing Club take two titles at East Midlands Box Cup

Two amateur boxers from a Newark gym were crowned East Midlands Box Cup champions.

Michael ‘Mikey’ Lindsay and Alfie Briggs-Price, of Newark Amateur Boxing Club, each earned three successive victories to take their respective weight class titles.

NABC sent five of its members to the Box Cup, which held its quarter-finals at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

left to right,Chad Sugden, Alfie Briggs-Price, Mikey Lindsay, Steve Williams, Dean Sugden (11706693)
left to right,Chad Sugden, Alfie Briggs-Price, Mikey Lindsay, Steve Williams, Dean Sugden (11706693)

For Mikey, Briggs-Price, Mac O’Brian and Deivids Paulauskas, the action began on Friday in the quarter-finals.

With the semi-finals on both Friday and Saturday and the finals on Sunday, the weekend featured some of the best young boxers from across the UK in an action-packed, talent-stacked event.

Both O’Brian and Paulauskas came through the quarter-finals with emphatic wins over more experienced opponents, but went out later in the day in the final four.

Friday also saw Mikey take a unanimous points win in his opener against the previously unbeaten Joe Locksley, from Walsall.

Mikey wins his Final on Sunday (11706695)
Mikey wins his Final on Sunday (11706695)

The Newark 24-year-old went on to knock Bletchley ABC’s Shane Binns out cold with a double left hook in the first round of their Saturday semi-final match up, paving the way for a clash with York ABC’s Arlo Stephens in the final.

“It was an absolutely cracking final, with Mikey setting the pace early on and leaving his opponent wondering what he could do to get back into the fight,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.

“After the bell at the end of the first round, Arlo hit Mikey with an illegal shot but, despite being a little stunned, Mikey maintained his composure and did the better work.

“Going into the third, we thought we were ahead but to be sure we got Mikey to put more pressure on his taller opponent.

“In this round Mikey wobbled Arlo and the referee stepped in to give him a count and, although Mikey got caught with a heavy shot just before the final bell, he re-organised and came back strongly.

“After three hard-fought rounds in which Mikey landed some massive shots and dominated the action from the get-go, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind which boxer was going to get his hand raised as the East Mids Box Cup super heavyweight champion.”

Final’s day saw a second victory for NABC when Briggs-Price came out on top against Ashton Nellor, from Norwich City ABC, by a second round stoppage.

Alfie wins his Final on Sunday (11706697)
Alfie wins his Final on Sunday (11706697)

“Alfie showed some big improvements in this contest,” said Sugden.

“He looked really good, listening and boxing to instruction throughout the bout, and I’m absolutely delighted for both Mikey and Alfie, winning gold against such tough competition.”

Completing the weekend line-up for the club, two-time National Schools Champion Sam Hardy travelled to the Sheffield Institute of Sport to take part in the England Squad selections.

“Sam’s been selected to train again and will be looking for selection in the European Championships in August,” said Sugden.

“This whole weekend will be an enormous boost for all the kids and adults training at Suggy’s Gym.”

The gym’s head coach said all eyes will now turn to Chad Sugden, who will be boxing Nottingham’s unbeaten Sebastian Slusarczyk on the card of Bragging Rights at the Harvey Hadden Stadium on Saturday, July 6.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing Chad in action and to bringing another professional boxing title home to Newark at the end of the evening,” said Dean.

Slusarczyk, 22, is currently unbeaten, winning all five of his professional bouts, while Chad’s record stands at nine wins and one loss.

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