Success helps Vulcans to enjoy first birthday
ONE of the region's newest boxing clubs is celebrating a first year to remember after success in the ABA Novice championships.
Vulcan Boxing Club, based on Clough Road in Hull, may only be approaching their first anniversary but they already have a Yorkshire champion in their ranks after Ryan Fuller claimed the heavyweight title at the ABAs.
It's an early reward for the gym, owned by boxer Steve Gate and run by boxing coach Seb Glazer.
"The boxing side of the gym is really taking off and after starting last Christmas with just a few lads we have 20 or 30 coming down every night now," Glazer told the Mail.
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"It was nerve wracking at first being a new club and not knowing what to expect, but our amateurs are winning most of their fights and we've already got a Yorkshire champion in Ryan.
"It has been a really good year for us and hopefully we can build on that in 2013. We are hoping to attract more people because we've built the gym up on word of mouth so far.
"There are no boxing gyms in the Bransholme and North Carr area and we'd like to get the young kids down to this facility and make an impact."
The success of Fuller has already put the spotlight on the burgeoning new club.
The 29-year-old from Bransholme only took up boxing last year after previously being a body builder and then a mixed martial arts competitor.
Spotted by Glazer while doing his MMA training, Fuller was invited to try out boxing and just a year after taking up the sport he's already been crowned Yorkshire champion.
"I surprised myself by becoming Yorkshire champion after just four fights," explained Fuller.
"I guess I'm older than most people who take up boxing, but I won't be switching to the pros just yet, like boxers my age do. I want to win a national title first and I'm looking at the ABAs next year as my goal.
"The plan is to win that next year and then look at turning professional after that. I'll be going pro at some point, but I want to get some experience first in the amateurs."
Fuller has had just five amateur bouts in what has been a surprising start to his amateur career.
A towering heavyweight who still has the hallmarks of his body building frame, he's already picked up the nickname "Klitschko" at events, comparing him to the current heavyweight champion of the world.
"I fight cautiously like Klitschko and I like to be on the back foot before I pick people off, but I'm working on changing things up a bit and getting on the front foot more," added Fuller.
"The right upper cut is my favourite punch and I've already put a few people down with that. I'm still learning but I found the transition quite easy really.
"I still eat a body building diet to maintain my strength and I guess I'm lucky because as a heavyweight I'm not having to get down to a weight. It's been a good start but there's more to come."