Boxing club is still a knockout success 50 years on

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BOSTON Amateur Boxing Club has been packing a punch for 50 years.

And tonight, members and coaches from the past half century will be meeting up to celebrate the half-century milestone.

Calum Johnson of Lincoln versus Philip Townley from Belfast. at the Braehead Arena Glasgow.    Picture  Robert Perry  The Scotsman 4th Dec  2010

Calum Johnson of Lincoln versus Philip Townley from Belfast. at the Braehead Arena Glasgow. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 4th Dec 2010

Over the years, the club has produced international fighters such as Commonwealth Games gold medallist and current professional light heavyweight Callum Johnson.

Another success story has been Joe Dawson, who represented England in the 1978 Edmonton Commonwealths.

Club chairman Kevin Smith believes the club’s success lies in the important role it plays in the local community.

He said: “A lot of kids come down to help build their confidence up, especially the ones around late primary school and early secondary school ages.

“Their parents often bring them down to get bring them out of their shell.

“Sometimes parent bring their children down because they’re a little over aggressive and we can help them channel that properly.

“Boxing training is also very good for helping children stay fit and healthy.”

Smith can relate to the club’s current crop of talented youngsters as he first joined Boston ABC in 1972, as a 14-year-old.

After hanging up the gloves in the mid-80s he took up coaching and is now also the club’s head coach.

He and his fellow group of trainers are all fully-qualified coaches and CRB-checked first aiders.

Among the boxers currently training at the club are Ross Batey, who has been active in the Amateur Boxing Association’s championships in recent years, and Nina Bradly, currently making headway in the women’s scene.

The club currently trains out of their Field Street gym, which is self-funded by the club.

They also hold two shows each year, where local fighters can showcase their skills against opposition from out of town.

These are held at the Princess Royal Sports Arena on November 10 and at Haven High in April, with a date to be confirmed in the New Year.

To mark the 50th anniversary, current and former coaches, members, boxers, sponsors, supporters and their partners are invited to come along to a get together at the Duke of York, Lincoln Lane, tonight.

There will be a scrapbook display and film footage at the event, which begins at 8pm.

Boston ABC are now four weeks into the current season, with training held Monday-Friday at Field Street.

As well as boxing training for seniors and juniors (aged nine upwards), there are also fitness sessions and classes for women.

For further information, call Kevin Smith on 07947 689908.