Amateur boxers take part in knockout show
MORE than 300 parents, friends and supporters packed into a leisure centre as amateur boxers delivered a knockout performance.
The fundraiser at Isaac Newton Sports Centre was hosted by East Hull Amateur Boxing Club and featured ten bouts in the ring.
Members aged ten up to their late 30s jumped into the ring to entertain the audience after intense training at St Bede's Church in Staveley Road, east Hull.
The fight night saw amateur boxers from as far away as Bradford, Nottingham and Doncaster compete.
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Head coach Sean Ross said the club has been running for six years and now has about 250 paying members.
"We hold three major fund- raisers throughout the year and sold 150 tickets ahead of the show," he said.
"Our rent for the building is about £5,200 a year and on top of that we have to pay for water and electricity.
"We should have made about £1,500 from this event and it's a spectacular show.
"Because of our child protection policy parents can't come to see how they've been getting on and for some of our junior boxers they have been training for two years to compete."
Mr Ross said it was a chance for families, friends and others to cheer on the competitors while they showcase their skills.
"Since Luke Campbell won a gold medal at the Olympics we have seen a few new starters," he said.
"People think because of that it's suddenly going to become a popular sport.
"But what they don't realise is that we've always had a lot of members and have always been very busy.
"It teaches youngsters discipline and respect and everyone has a great time at the shows."
Chris Burns, 34, who boxes with East Hull ABC, is considering becoming a coach after the fight night.
He said: "After a motorcycle accident I started boxing to improve my fitness and although it's a young club, it's very successful.
"I'm looking at becoming a qualified coach to teach the younger ones.
"The fundraisers are good for the junior boxers just as much as the older ones.
"It teaches them how to fight in competitions later on and boosts our egos a bit.
"The kids can see what we all achieve and it gives them something to really strive for in the future."
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