Hull's fight clubs are boxing clever with new link-up
PROFESSIONAL boxing in Hull is set for a major shake up after the city's two biggest names confirmed a pioneering new partnership.
St Paul's Boxing Academy have agreed to link-up with the Stevie Smith Boxing Academy in one of the most significant moves for boxing in this region for years.
Rivals in recent times on the pro circuit, competing for boxing fans by often staging shows that almost overlapped each other, the two clubs have pledged to work together with a new philosophy they believe can make Hull the boxing capital of the north.
The clubs will begin the partnership with a joint show at the Sports Arena on March 28, a bill that will see at least four boxers from each gym in action, providing boxing fans in Hull with a chance to see the city's premier talent from both clubs on the same night.
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According to the men behind the move, St Paul's head coach Mike Bromby and Stevie Smith, the partnership is about much more than simply staging shows together.
"We are in this sport for the same reasons and the way forward is to be together rather than divided," Bromby told the Mail.
"We want to develop professional boxing in the city and between us we have some fantastic talent. It is going to be a great future.
"This is about the boxers. We have sat down and talked at length and we think the same. This city can be very big in terms of boxing success."
Smith shares Bromby's enthusiasm, saying he believes there is no limit to how successful the city can be.
"I want to build something in this city and make this a boxing capital," Smith said.
"We have the talent here to do that. We want to work together to put on big promotions in Hull and by coming together we are increasing the chances of doing that.
"I've got Tommy Coyle, St Paul's have Samir Mouneimne, two big names on the verge of fighting for British titles. We can build up the kids beneath them to make them future champions too."
The partnership will see the two gyms sharing philosophies, training methods and ideas, as well as coming together for sparring sessions and mixed training sessions featuring Smith's five pro boxers and St Paul's growing stable, which is now in double figures.
Having seen the growing influence of gyms and promoters in West Yorkshire and Lancashire, the two Hull clubs are confident that by combining their resources and talent, they can rival any of the sport's other gyms in terms of success and talent.
The line-up for the duo's first show together is yet to be confirmed, although Mouneimne and Coyle, former training partners, could both feature.
Ticket details will be announced shortly, with interested sponsors encouraged to contact Maria on 07912 899123 or Mike on 07989 907344.