No summer rest for dedicated boxers

Bridlington ABC
Bridlington ABC

Bridlington ABC boxers have spent the summer training hard in preparation for the 2014/2015 season.

The club has been very busy in recent weeks with more than 60 youngsters through the doors at the gym in Thorpe Street some nights.

The 13 strong team of boxers registered to compete for this upcoming season are Cameron Smith, Cameron Connelly, James Precious, Billy Gibson, Ben Malone, Leah Smith, Charlotte Jarvis, Aaron Boyes, Tom Hebden, Roan Stanley, Darren Boyes, Paul Dean and Shane Green.

Malone, Gibson, Precious and Aaron Boyes go into the season as the most experienced boxers in Yorkshire in their age groups and weight categories, while Hebden has more than 20 bouts behind him.

The season will start on September 1 and from then the Bridlington boxers will begin to travel to shows around the country to compete.

Head coach Damien Grant said: “There is a real mix in the team from the likes of Cameron Smith who, at 10 years old, will be looking to get going with his first skills bout and Cameron Connelly, who has just turned 11 and will be looking to build on his experience by taking part in his first competitive contest.

“Then we have national champions such as 12-year-old James Precious who will be looking to build on his success last year and aims to win back-to-back national titles.

“The boxers have been back in the gym training through the summer.

“The pre-season training has gone very well and the boxers are looking in good shape and all are keen to get out competing.

“Our club’s aims for the season are to continue to succeed in national championships, as we have done over the last four years, but also to build a good stable of young boxers who are beginning to come through and begin their boxing careers.”

Championship runs will begin early for some of the boxers, including Dean, who will be hoping to make an impression this year when he enters the National Senior Novice Championships in late September.

The club’s next home show will be held at Bridlington Spa in November and ticket details will be announced soon.

It has also revealed details of new sponsorship opportunities for the forthcoming campaign.

Bob Stabler and Sons Skip Hire will remain as the club’s main sponsor, but local businesses can ‘back a boxer’.

By supporting an individual boxer, companies will get to meet them at the gym and receive regular updates on their progress.

They will also be invited to present trophies at the club’s two shows at the Spa and have an advert in the programme.

An open training session is being held on Thursday 11 September, where prospective sponsors can attend and see the boxers sparring.

For more information, contact head coach Damien Grant on 07912 067044.