The flourishing X Box Boxing Academy in Worksop is celebrating its busiest and most successful season so far.
The progressive club has come to the end of a campaign that featured no fewer than 87 bouts for its fighters, who travelled the length and breadth of the country.
And after 43 victories, plus a host of prestigious titles, respected coach and club owner Chris Boyle says he is delighted with how things have gone.
“We have certainly played our part in winning titles,” said Chris, who also coaches across Worksop at St Augustine’s School, the Kingston Park Academy, the Outwood Academies and North Notts College.
“This season, X Box has had five East Midlands champions, with one reaching a national final and another losing in a central Midlands final.
“Nicola Hopewell, Rowan Gregory, Kieron Brennan, Luke Pickersgill and Holli Towl all became East Midlands champions at their weight class.
“We also had three boxers reach tournament finals. Elliot Holloway lost to the eventual national champion on points in his final, while Holli Towl and Rowan Gregory went close to further honours when reaching Hull Box Cup finals. They only lost to tight decisions.”
Members of X Box have also represented their counties, with Elliot Holloway boxing for Yorkshire. The club held two successful home shows of its own too, showcasing the growing reputation that the academy has.
Out of the ring, X Box has continued its praiseworthy work for charity, raising money for Help For Heroes, Cancer Research, Support Our Soldiers, the Bluebell Wood children’s hospice, of Worksop, and Retford Cancer Hospice.
“We are also growing all the time,” said Boyle. “Professional licences are now held at the club, so amateurs can progress to the next level when they are ready.”
It was back in 2013 when Boyle re-launched the club, setting it up on Dukeries Way, off Claylands Avenue, and offering a service that would help to keep youngeters of the town on the straight and narrow,
Not only did it promise to teach boxing but also discipline, structure and routine. “It was a dream of mine to create and run a boxing club for the wider community that helps keep young people safe and off the streets, doing something positive,” said Boyle.
Now, looking back, he says: “My work teaching boxing in local schools and colleges has no doubt helped to promote the sport in this area and to bring continued success through the doors of X Box.”
X Box adopts an inclusive policy that welcomes girls and ladies, as well as men and boys, and it embraces fitness, as well as boxing.
It runs sessions for all ages, from five upwards, and all abilities, from novice to professional, and is open six days a week. Anyone interested in getting involved should get in touch with Chris Boyle on 07886 255078 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org