Club has high hopes for the new season

Bridlington ABC host an evening of boxing at Bridlington Spa on October 18. Tickets are �10 and �5 for under 16s.
Bridlington ABC host an evening of boxing at Bridlington Spa on October 18. Tickets are �10 and �5 for under 16s.

Bridlington ABC boxers begin their season this weekend, with officials looking to continue to build the club’s reputation on a national scale.

Ultimately, they want the club to be seen as Yorkshire’s number one club, and will be entering seven boxers into major national competitions in the next few months.

And although their own show at Bridlington Spa is the highlight of the calendar, it is results away from home which will help them to complete their objectives.

Head coach Damien Grant said: “Everything is geared around the championships. What we want is consistent achievements.

“We don’t want what we have achieved in the past couple of years to be seen as a one-hit wonder.

“We have had boxers in the Tri Nations competition for the past two years and we want other clubs to know Bridlington boxers as being of a high standard.

“We want to develop our reputation. There are clubs out there, all around the UK, who are held in the highest regard and we want to be Yorkshire’s answer to that.”

On Saturday, youngsters Adam Church and Leah Smith travel to Manchester for bouts. Then in the first week of October, Church will fight again in Leeds and James Precious and Tom Boyes face the long trip to Morecambe for contests.

Before Christmas, Paul Dean and Shane Green will be entered into the National Senior Novices Championships and five more boxers Zac Stabler, Kier Herrgesell, Aaron Boyes, Liam Bowtell and Darren Boyes will be representing the town in the Club For Young People Championships.

“These youngsters are here a minimum of four nights a week. I wouldn’t like to think how many hours of preparation they put in for every six-minute bout.

“But we also have kids who don’t want to compete in the ring. They get the same attention from us, even if they are just here for fitness.

“This club is just like a family for some of them - they feel proud to be part of something.

“They are all friends outside the boxing too. This is more than a boxing club. Even those boxing at the top level appreciate it is more than just training, training, training.”

Last season finished in May and boxers trained once a week during June before the club headed for its annual training weekend camp near Pickering in July,

All the club’s coaches are ABA qualified and are CRB-checked and regularly update their first-aid training.

Boxers have to pass a medical before they step into the ring and are pitted against opponents of similar age, weight and experience.

“Some people brand boxing with the same reputation, but amateur boxing is a completely different sport, and the checks are rigorous,” said Grant.