Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club head coach Neil Anderson hopes Saturday’s successful grassroots boxing show at Great Whelnetham can be used as a springboard to get more young people into the sport.
The event, in the village near Bury St Edmunds, stages 20 skills bouts, the first step to a full bout, to allow youngsters to get their first taste of action in a ring.
And Anderson, who helped assist Bury-based Eastgate ABC in staging the night, hopes more grassroots events can be staged with the aim of inviting schools to be part of the audience.
“We want to get as many kids as possible involved in the sport,” he said. “At a normal show you are restricted to a maximum of three skills bouts but this one had 20-odd.”
He added: “We are going to be trying to do more around the county and with the schools.
“We want to get the school kids to watch it – that is how I got into it.
“When I was nine I watched my cousin in the Sudbury sports hall and I just crazed my dad to get me into it and I am still boxing now.”
Sudbury ABC had seven members involved at Great Whelnetham with George Dennis gaining valuable experience in a skills bout.
There were wins for; Leon Thomas (majority), Jake Sumner (unanimous) and Joe Attridge (majority), while Zak Lawson (points), Jasper Boydell (majoirty)and Jack Burgess, the latter to Eastgate’s Ryan Day in the Suffolk Schoolboys under-40kg class three title bout on a majority verdict, all lost.
Anderson said of Burgess’ fight: “It was very, very close and a good bout.
“Both boys really gave it 100% and Ryan just did that little bit more.
“I had no issues with Ryan winning it, he deserved it.”