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Young boxers impress on home show stage

By Advertiser Reporter

Fighters from Newark Amateur Boxing Club at their home show. Photograph: Jon Jewell
Fighters from Newark Amateur Boxing Club at their home show. Photograph: Jon Jewell

​There was a full house to see young boxers from Newark Amateur Boxing Club fight in their first home show in its 15-year history.

Around 250 spectators packed into Farndon Memorial Hall on Saturday to see the ten Newark fighters in action.

The action-packed event matched Newark boxers, aged 11 to 26, against opponents from seven other amateur clubs in the region.

The home fighters lived up to all the expectations with nine victories from their ten bouts produced in entertaining style.

Debut fighters Alfie Briggs-Price, Troy Christie, Sam Hardy and Jade Grierson all won by unanimous decision.

There was more success for fellow club members Louis Clark and Brandon O’Dowd while Connor Meanwell extended his unbeaten record to three wins.

Connor Meanwell in his corner with trainer Dean Sugden. Photograph: Jon Jewell
Connor Meanwell in his corner with trainer Dean Sugden. Photograph: Jon Jewell

The night was rounded off by split decision victories for Megan Williams and George McMillan, who was also making his debut in the ring.

There was just one defeat for Newark Amateur Boxing Club on the night. Adam Robb was beaten by a tough opponent.

Opponents for the bouts came from Camp Detox, Fox Boxing Academy, White Rose Boxing Club, City of Hull Boxing Club, Mighty Mick’s Boxing Club, Bracebridge Boxing Club and Lights Out Boxing Academy.

Senior coach and match-maker for the event Irvine Taylor said he was proud of the performances of all his fighters.

“Although we have been promoting shows at various levels in and around Newark for the last 18 years, this was the first one dedicated entirely to our young amateur boxers,” he said.

“It has been a long time coming but, judging by the performance of the fighters and the reaction of the crowd, there is no doubt it was well worth the wait and we look forward to promoting more shows like this in the future.”

Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden said: “Performing in the ring in front of a packed crowd is a world away from training in the gym but without exception all the Newark boxers rose to the challenge.

“Whether it is at amateur or professional level, every fight is part of the learning process.

“Win or lose, there are always lessons to take away and put to good use in training for the next one, which is exactly what the boxers and their coaches will be doing in the gym over the coming weeks.”

Boxing classes for juniors, aged five to 12, take place at Suggy’s Gym from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesdays.

Senior boxers, aged 13 and above, train on Mondays, 6.45pm to 8pm, and Wednesdays, 6.30pm to 7.45pm, with extra sparring 11am to noon on Saturdays.


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