Worksop boxing boss hails success of fighters after clean sweep
The CEO of a Worksop-based boxing team has hailed the success of its fighters.
All four members of Boyle’s Pro Boxing picked up wins during a behind-closed-doors event in Aberdeen this weekend.
Hollie Towl, Ben Gore, Elle Coulson and Nicola Hopewell came out on top after meeting some tough opponents in the ring at the Northern Hotel.
Chris Boyle, who trains and manages the boxers, said: “To say I’m delighted is a huge understatement, I’m extremely proud to have four wins out of four.
“These guys have been with me from the start of their boxing life and so far we’ve been punch perfect and that’s no coincidence.
"In this game to stand your best shot you have to be humble, very dedicated and willing to walk through fire to get to the golden gates and these guys haven’t fallen short.
“We are elated of course but even more excited for what’s to come next!”
Towl, Gore and Coulson were Boyle’s Pro Boxing’s three debutants.
Former five-time national champion, Hollie Towl proved herself as one to watch against Professional Boxing Council (PBC) champion Jaime Bates. Unfortunately, the climatic fight ended in the fifth round following a clash of heads which forced Bates’ coach to throw in the towel, cutting short a dominating performance from Towl.
Ben Gore went the full six rounds with Aberdeen’s own Samer Carol in a close contest, but ultimately Gore’s unconventional boxing style proved too awkward for Carol and Gore received the raised hand as the decision went to the judges’ scorecards.
Elle Coulson, who held the England Boxing Youth Middleweight belt as an amateur, also went the distance with Shrewsbury’s Beccy Ferguson. Ferguson landed some great shots, but they were few and far between as Coulson danced around the ring in a display of fantastic footwork and took advantage of her reach to secure a very convincing win on points over Ferguson. The exciting clash of talent was named ‘Fight of the Night’ by one of the show’s presenters.
Coulson attributed her success to her coach Chris Boyle: “The moment my arm was lifted I was buzzing with excitement as I knew mine and Chris’ hard work, dedication and belief in one another had paid off.
“When I found out I was ‘Fight of the Night’ I was so proud of myself, I couldn’t have done this without my coach Chris as he instilled the confidence and self-belief in me that has made me who I am today. I still can’t believe it!”
However, it was the second outing for Worksop’s first female professional boxer Nicola Hopewell who won her debut by second-round stoppage back in March in a contest for the PBC Super Flyweight International Silver title. Hopewell lived up to her boxing nickname ‘Hurricane’ as she overwhelmed her second opponent Tasha Boyes with a relentless flurry of shots which caused Boyes to retire in the corner after only the first round.
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