A local boxing club welcomed a former World champion and one of the country’s most well respected coaches to present youngsters with awards and medals.
Junior Witter, a former WBC, European, British, and Commonwealth light welterweight champion, recently joined Brendan Ingle at X Box Boxing Academy, delighting the local boxers.
X Box coach Chris Boyle has been running the GB Boxing Awards scheme, both in his club on Claylands Industrial Estate and in Outwood Academy Valley.
The awards are an introduction to the sport of amateur boxing as a game of skill, discipline, respect and self control.
They teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle and have been designed as a fun recreational programme for all participants at all levels, ages and abilities.
The Boxing Award programme has six different stages, with youngsters working on preliminary, standard, bronze, silver, gold and platinum standards.
For the first three stages, entrants work on non contact boxing skills.
Certificates and medals are presented as the participants progress in the award system, and all the awards are open to both mboys and girls from the age of five.
Ingle and Rashaad Assan, who both coached Boyle in the past, helped Witter to present local children with their respective awards.
Meanwhile X Box are hoping to boost the local community by participating in the Hallam FM Mission Christmas campaign.
Boyle told the Guardian: “We’re collecting new presents and gifts to donate to less fortunate kids this Christmas, those without families and homes.”
Local residents can help out by dropping off gifts at X Box Boxing Academy, and they will be added to the Mission Christmas stockpile before being distributed to those in need.
Back in the ring, Craig Sprigg has his first bout for the club but lost on what Boyle called a ‘contentious’ split decision.
But there was better news for the club’s boxing captain Dylan Clegg, who won every round of a bout at Nottingham Arena.