Newark Amateur Boxing Club (NABC) notched up another first on Saturday 25 June when Ethan Squires defeated Thomas Upsall in a four-round contest for the Notts & Lincs Challenge Belt at George Street Working Men’s Club in Hucknall.
Despite a quiet season since dislocating his shoulder in his last bout, 18 year-old Ethan showed no signs of being ring rusty when he went to work in the first two rounds against his 30 year-old opponent.
Round three saw the Boston ABC fighter making a spirited effort to regain ground but Ethan, who trains out of Suggy’s Gym in Newark, edged the fourth and final round to take the victory by a unanimous decision.
“This is a fantastic achievement both for the club and for Ethan himself, defeating a defending champion to take the Notts & Lincs Challenge Belt in his first year as a senior,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.
“We’ve had numerous Midlands champions since we started NABC 10 years ago. Chad Sugden and Fergus Taylor both made it through to the National Finals as juniors and last year our heavyweight Prem Posniak won the Senior Novice National Heavyweight Final.
Although injuries and exam commitments have made this a tough year for NABC, the Newark club’s coaches are confident that they have the infrastructure in place to turn any of their talented amateurs into professionals.
“With our two pro boxers Chad Sugden and Fergus Taylor developing the grassroots in a class for Under 12s and Irvine Taylor helping to take them through the ranks at amateur level, Newark’s up and coming young fighters are getting first class training from some of the best role models around,” added Dean.
Just four weeks ahead of his third appearance on the pro boxing stage, Chad Sugden described Ethan’s win as a tremendous boost for the Newark camp. “We’re all buzzing about the result and I’m really pleased for him,” he said after Saturday’s fight.
“He’s a good kid, with bags of potential – who knows, at some point he could well become one of the next members of NABC to join Fergus and me as a Suggy’s Gym professional boxer!”