Newark Amateur Boxing Club, part of Suggy’s Gym in Nottinghamshire comes back from the King of The Ring event in Sweden with two golds and a silver thanks to Joel Cook, Otis Pearson and Paddy Rooney
Boxers from Newark Amateur Boxing Club showed the planet what young fighters from Nottinghamshire are capable of when they left their mark at the world's biggest international boxing event.
Several members of the club, which is based at Suggy's Gym, travelled to Sweden for the King of The Ring contest.
The team arrived on the Thursday before the competition, which featured more than 650 bocrtdfrom all over the world.
Fighters came from countries including Sweden, Norway, Ukraine, Hungary, Afghanistan, Scotland and Denmark.
Newark's pugilists put on some great performances over the three-day contest as they came away with two golds and a silver medal.
Fourteen-year-old Joel Cook won his class at 40kg, while 13-year-old Otis Pearson, both representing Newark won the 57kg category.
Rounding out the medals was 16-year-old Paddy Rooney who achieved a silver medal in the 52kg class.
“Joel Cook performed out of his skin to win 3-0 in the final on all three judges’ scorecards against a really good opponent,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.
“The two pocket rockets never stopped punching and moving but there was only one winner and that was Joel as he became the first boxer from Newark to win Gold.
“Shortly afterward, he was followed by his friend Otis Pearson who defeated the local favourite Casper Lindahl in the semi-finals by a unanimous points win.
"Then in the final Otis boxed brilliantly.
"He listened to instructions and won his bout to take the second gold for Newark in what was a strong, mature, and clinical performance against another Swedish boxer.
“In his final on Sunday, Paddy Rooney won every one of the three rounds, the first and third of which were really big.
"Paddy showed great movement and ringcraft to completely give his Norwegian opponent Mieszko Budakiewcz from Il Rossa, the runaround.
"But despite Paddy being tripped and thrown in the final round by his opponent, it was the Norwegian who won on a split.
“Personally, I think he threw and tripped Paddy because he knew he couldn’t win the bout without injuring or unsettling him but Paddy stayed calm and boxed brilliantly to the end.
"He floored his opponent with a very well-timed punch in round one and dominated the rest of the contest but he still somehow lost on a split.
"I’m not one to look externally at what we can’t control but this has to be the worst decision ever, especially given the fact that one of the judges scored all three rounds in favour of Paddy, at 10-8 in rounds one and three and 10-9 in round two.
“Over the weekend, there were more amazing performances by James Jordan, Robert Price, and Travis Dunwell, all of whom were involved in great contests and their performances were exactly what we asked for as a coaching team.
“There was noone in his 48kg category for 15-year-old Robert Price so he moved up to the next weight category which was at 50kg,” said Sugden.
"He was drawn against the favourite and reigning King of The Ring champion who is also a two-time European champion from Italy.
"Robert gave his taller opponent a load of problems in all three rounds. "Although It was a big ask, Robert challenged his opponent’s strength, really pushing him from start to finish and he was unlucky to lose what was a very close and competitive bout.
“Travis Dunwell was in one of the best contests of the tournament. The 17-year-old l believe was on the wrong side of a split decision against Neo Judge from Torbay but you couldn’t argue whichever way it went.
“Looking back over the weekend in Sweden, I can only say that I returned to Newark super-proud of the whole team.
"I am proud of both our coaches and the boxers themselves.
"Their hard work and dedication led to them having the opportunity to take part in what is the world’s biggest international boxing event.”
Sugden added that it was a great experience for the club and the Newark Amateur Boxing Club enjoyed themselves during their time in Sweden.