Local club punches above its weight in debut fight show

A local boxing club’s first ever ‘home’ fight night was a complete knockout.

X Box Boxing Academy hosted their debut show at Stanley Street Social Club last weekend, selling every ticket and picking up five wins in their six bouts.

X Box amateur boxing show at Stanley Street Sports and Social Club, pictured is Jack Wale of X Box in red v Thomas Sams of Brodsworth'(NWGU-23-01-14 RA 2f)

X Box amateur boxing show at Stanley Street Sports and Social Club, pictured is Jack Wale of X Box in red v Thomas Sams of Brodsworth'(NWGU-23-01-14 RA 2f)

A trio of X Box youngsters stepped in between the ropes for the first time, and they all tasted victory.

Head instructor Chris Boyle, who led the organisation of the show, was delighted with the performances of his young charges, along with the support they received and the amount of money raised for charity on the night.

He told the Guardian: “It was a fantastic night, packed to the rafters with local support.”

“We had no issues on the night, other than space to fit the flocking support, and we managed to raise a considerable sum for Children in Need.”

Matt Jones was the first X Box fighter to grace the ring, taking on a much taller opponent.

Jones wasn’t hindered by the height disadvantage however and won two of the three rounds to take a judges’ decision victory.

Jack Wale battled nerves before the bell, but boxed superbly to win the Fighter of the Night award.

Boyle described his victory: “He boxed out of his skin, demonstrating lovely skills and continually being on the front foot.”

“With the bout in the bag, the third round was a war but Jack met fire with fire”

Cole Blair and his opponent both suffered from closing the distance too much in the opening stages, but eventually the X Box man landed a big shot flush, knocking his opponent to the canvas on his way to a points win.

Declan Cairns, one of the club’s more experienced boxers, was coming off a big first round knockout in his previous bout.

But he faced a very talented opponent, and throughout a cagey affair neither could land the telling blow, and despite a late rally from Cairns, he lost the bout on points.

His coach paid tribute to his dedication: “The bravery of this young fighter must be pointed out, ss despite losing his mum over Christmas he still opted to box and never faltered in his training.”

“This lad is an inspiration to the club and his team mates.”

Simon Williams fought a Retford fighter in a local derby bout, and claimed a unanimous victory after landing in greater volume than his slick, skilled opponent.

Boyle says he’s indebted to local firms who sponsored the event, including R. West Heating, Worksop and Eastgate Timber, Rowley Building Services, Worksop Testing Station, Crazy Fabrication, Jax Barbers and JBL Insulation.

He added: “Special mention must be given to Adele Smith at ASDA Worksop who donated the food for the event.”

“Chairman at the venue Billy Ferguson, and officer in charge Nick Cam were both a massive help on the night.”

X Box plan to hold a fight show and presentation night at the end of May. Anyone interested in getting involved should call Chris Boyle on 07886 255078.

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