Third time’s a charm for X Box kids at Worksop fight night

Elliott Holloway, centre, picked up fighter of the night at the X Box event. He's pictured with coach Chris Boyle, left, and dad John.
Elliott Holloway, centre, picked up fighter of the night at the X Box event. He's pictured with coach Chris Boyle, left, and dad John.

X Box Boxing Academy enjoyed success both inside and outside the ropes at their home show at Stanley Street Sports and Social Club.

It was the third event the academy have hosted, and boasted an England Schoolboy final along with 12 other bouts.

The night began with a skills bout, and a debut for Nathaniel Firth, who performed well against an opponent from Triumph ABC in Coventry.

In the competitive bouts, wins for the home club came from Elliott Holloway, Dylan Clegg, Nicola Hopewell and Jack Wale.

Holloway, who won the Fighter of the Night award, put on a dazzling display of power and precision, giving his Newark opponent a standing count in the second round en route to a unanimous judges’ decision victory.

Clegg was also impressive, winning all three rounds to complete a double over his rival from Nottingham, sending the sell out crowd wild.

Female fighter Hopewell improved her record to three wins from four outings, and Wale showed guts and determination to win a bloody battle.

All the X Box youngsters wore the Autism Awareness ribbon on their vests, in honour of one of the club’s newly registered boxers Harry Smith, a Portland student who has the condition.

Smith, along with Kian Bak, was commended on the night for raising over £200 each for Cancer Research, through a sponsored punchathon at their Claylands Estate gym.

Head coach Chris Boyle was delighted with the performances of his young charges, and their prospects in the ring.

“My stable is growing nicely with a mix of very young boxers and experienced ones,” he said.

“The future for boxing Worksop looked very bright on this epic night of local battles.”

The local show was just the latest event in a productive period for X Box, who are working hard at securing the sport’s place in the local community.

Boyle added: “It’s been a busy season for the club so far with over 35 bouts already and more planned.”

“And we’ve also established strong links in the community, teaching GCSE boxing In local Outwood academies.”