It was another exciting weekend for Newark Amateur Boxing Club with two of its young members competing in the National Schools Quarter Finals over at Cotgrave Miners Welfare on Saturday 18 September.
Getting things started for Newark was 11-year old Joel Cook in what was his first ever boxing bout.
His opponent Jacob Waring of Hebden Bridge, with three previous fights under his belt, came out aggressively at the start of the bout, which led to a tough first round for Joel.
But in the second, it was clear that 11-year old Joel had listened closely to his corner, landing some good shots on Jacob before going on to have his best round of the afternoon in what proved to be a very exciting and competitive one and a half minutes.
“After three rounds of non-stop action, the judges gave the decision to the more experienced Hebden Bridge boxer,” said Irvine Taylor, his coach and one of the Newark corner men on the day alongside Chad Sugden. “But we all agreed that Joel can be extremely proud of his performance in what was his first ever bout.
“Next up for Newark was 12-year old James Jordan, in the ring for the second time in just two weeks, this time against Harvey McCarthy from Laisterdyke.
“Dominating the action right from the off in this one, James won both the first and second rounds comfortably. Just like Joel, he followed the instructions of his coaches and put together some good shots, going on to increase the pressure again in the third and give Harvey a standing count.”
A unanimous decision for James will now see him back on it next weekend when he boxes in the semi-finals in Newcastle.
“Starting to see our young boxers getting out into the ring after such a long break is great for everyone over at Castlegate, not only for their coaches but for their fellow members of NABC,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.
“Joel got off to a great start and I can definitely see him growing and developing as a boxer from this valuable experience in the championships today.
“As for James, with two wins under his belt in just two weeks, we have high hopes for him next Saturday when he’ll be going back out again determined to make it three.
“And there was more good news for Newark Amateur Boxing Club later in the day, when national champions Alfie Briggs-Price and Sam Hardy, together with Chloe Davies, were also presented with their East Midlands vests after progressing to the next round of the National Junior Championships.”