Trip to Guernsey proves to be great experience for local trio

Leah Smith and Roan Stanley
Leah Smith and Roan Stanley

While Aaron Boyes and Zac Stabler were in Liverpool for the national semi-finals, three other Bridlington boxers travelled to Guernsey to compete last weekend.

Teenagers Leah Smith, Roan Stanley and Darren Boyes all made the 850-mile round trip to the island, but things did not go completely without a hitch.

Because the show clashed with the national semi-finals, coaches from the Bridlington club were unable to accompany the boxers, so the trio travelled down with the St Paul’s ABC from Hull.

They set off on Friday afternoon but nearly did not make it due to the windy weather conditions delaying their flight, which was almost cancelled.

They finally arrived late on Friday night before boxing on the Saturday evening.

Smith and Stanley both recorded wins with Darren Boyes narrowly losing out on a split decision.

Twelve Yorkshire boxers went in total and at the end of the night the record stood at six wins to each team.

This coming Sunday, as well as Aaron Boyes boxing in the national final in Bolton, Bridlington’s James Precious and Billy Gibson will both weigh in for the first round of the Schoolboy Championships.

All of the Bridlington boxers who were in action over the weekend will be back in action on 21 March.

They, and a number of their team-mates, will be on the bill for the Bridlington ABC show at the Spa.

Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.

They can be bought by phoning head coach Damien Grant on 07912 067044, calling down at the club’s base in Thorpe Street during evenings or from the Spa box office.