HEAD Trainer Neil Anderson believes his young boxers gained invaluable experience as Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club hosted a knock-out black-tie dinner and boxing tournament last Saturday night.
More than 200 people crammed into the Sudbury Sports Centre at the upper school for the boxing club’s main event of the year — and they did not leave disappointed as the bumper crowd were treated to 15 bouts of close fought and well contested boxing on the night, including eight juniors and three seniors from Sudbury as well fighters from clubs across the county.
Anderson spoke of his delight at the success of the evening as a whole as he aims to bring a successful boxing club back to the town.
“I am absolutely delighted with the event as a whole,” he said.
“There was a really big turnout and a really appreciative crowd cheering the lads on which is fantastic and hopefully it gives us a platform to build on from here.
“The crowd will leave here happy because they have seen some really good bouts of boxing and it is great for ourselves as a club just starting out.
“It is also great for us to be able to get the club back out there and bring boxing back to the town in this way.”
In the ring, Sudbury’s youngsters were not enjoying their bouts as much as the crowd as five of the eight juniors suffered narrow defeats, including, Jack Burgess, Jordan Lawson, Charlie Pratt, Bradley Stevens and Jack Fletcher.
However on a positive note, Sudbury’s Connor Blezard stole the show with an impressive display against Norwich Lad’s James Smith, overcoming his opponent with a flurry of strong combinations which resulted in the 14-year-old being awarded the Brian-Kia Plasterers trophy, for the evenings best boxer.
There were also convincing wins for Callum Bloyes and George Manning in the juniors and Joe Waterson in the welterweight senior section.
Despite being disappointed not to be awarded more of the bouts, Anderson believes his youngsters will only grow with the experienced gained.
“I am not disappointed with any of the lads because if they get into the ring to fight they have done well in my eyes,” he added.
“Some of the lads who were beaten didn’t box how they do in the gym and that is down to the occasion.
“However, it has been a great experience for them and the more used they get to boxing in front of big crowds the easier it will get for them because it will get that rid of the nervous energy some of them have before stepping into the ring.”
<n>Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club has more than 50 members but are currently looking to grow further.
<n>Sudbury ABC boxing club are based at, kings Head Public House, 115 Cornard Road, Greatt Cornard, CO10 0JE.
<n>The club train throughout the week with sessions as follows:
Juniors (8-16) 18:30 to 19:45
Seniors (16 onwards) 19:45 to 21:00
Ladies 19:00 to 20:00
Juniors 18:30 to 19:45
Seniors 19:45 to 21:00
Carded Juniors and Seniors 19:00 to 20:15
Running session at Cornard country park meet at club 08:00 (All members welcome)
<n>Membership costs are as follows:
Subs are £2.50 per session for juniors or £5.00 for all three sessions. Seniors are £3.00 per session or £6.00 for all three sessions.
Running sessions are free.
Membership is £20.00 per year September to September and you receive a gumshield and and T-Shirt
<n>Anyone interested in joining should contact, head trainer Neil Anderson on 07989 498613 or visit www.sudburyabc.co.uk for further information on locations, training dates, times and details on membership costs.