A journey across the county to the Clifton Amateur Boxing Club in Nottingham saw one of Newark Amateur Boxing Club’s young fighters secure a unanimous victory in the East Midlands Finals of the Schools Championships on Saturday 4 September.
Fighting in the 42kg-44kg final, Newark’s James Jordan was up against Charles Smith from Spalding. Determined to do his coaches and fellow NABC members proud, the 12-year old took control of the fight from the opening bell, dominating his opponent from the centre of the ring with his jab to win the round.
“In the second round, James continued to increase his work rate, putting some really good combinations together,” said Irvine Taylor, one of his coaches and corner man on the day.
“But round three was without a doubt the best of the bout as he really started to let his shots go and this certainly showed as the referee gave Charles a standing count due to a dominant finish from James.”
Speaking back in Newark later in the day, Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden added: “James did what he set out to do, not only taking the win but making everyone here at NABC proud. Three rounds of exciting action, a dynamic performance and a well-deserved win from James, who I’m sure will go on to achieve more success in the ring in the future.
“Following in his footsteps on Saturday 18 September will be 11-year old Joel Cook, in the 32kg-34kg national quarter finals of the Schools Championships over at Cotgrave Miners Welfare in Nottingham.
“Then the focus will be firmly fixed on preparations for Friday 19 November, when our hugely popular Newark Amateur Boxing Club Home Show makes a welcome return to Farndon Memorial Hall and some of their fellow members will be walking into the ring to put on more great performances.
“Among the bouts local fans, families and friends will be looking forward to is the one in which Michael Lindsay will be defending his Super Heavyweight East Midlands Challenge Belt against Jack Butler from Mighty Mariners.
“There’ll be more belt action as Sam Hardy, Alfie Briggs-Price and Chloe Davies all box for East Midlands Challenge belts and we’ll have several other Newark favourites walking out into the ring too, including Joel Cook, Megan Williams, Louis Clark and many more.”
The full fight card for November’s Home Show will be released nearer the night. Tickets are already on sale, priced £15 for adults and £10 for kids, available now from the boxers taking part – bookings must be made in advance and there will be no admission on the door as capacity for the show will be limited.