Newark amateur boxers get set to shine

Pictures from Michael ‘Mikey’ Lindsay’s fight on Saturday 20 January

Eleven local fighters, ranging in age from 11 to 26, will be stepping into the ring next month when Newark Amateur Boxing Club hosts its first ever Home Show at Farndon Memorial Hall.

Alfie Briggs-Price, Troy Christie, Sam Hardy, Louis Clark, Adam Robb, Brandon O’Dowd, Megan Williams, Matthew Kennedy, Jade Grierson, Connor Meanwell and George McMillan will be representing NABC on the card on Saturday 10 February, matched against opponents from eight other amateur clubs in the region.

“As Newark’s longest-established amateur boxing club, helping to shape the future of the town’s next generation of fighters is something that’s always been important to us,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.

“NABC is going from strength to strength right now, inspired no doubt in part by the success of our professional fighters, and this Home Show is a significant step forward for the club and all of its members.

“Promoting an event that features some of Newark’s best young prospects not only raises the club’s profile, it’s our way of rewarding those taking part for the effort they’ve put into their training over recent months.

“We’re giving them a well-deserved chance to showcase the skills they’ve been developing and encouraging them to keep up the good work.”

There was further encouragement for the club’s young boxers on Saturday 20 January when, after a five-year absence, Michael Lindsay made a victorious return to the ring.

Representing NABC on a talent-stacked card in Scunthorpe, the 22-year old showed no sign of ring rust, taking the win over Fusion Amateur Boxing Club’s Jack Butler by a unanimous points decision.

“Although he was up against a strong opponent in Jack, Mikey’s dominant performance throughout the bout meant the result was never in doubt,” said Dean. “After the fight, the Fusion camp told me Mikey reminded them of Frank Bruno and even Jack said he really hopes he doesn’t see Mikey again.”

Next month’s NABC Home Show is a ticket-only event and is already close to a sell-out. Doors at Farndon Memorial Hall open at 5.30pm, with the first bell at 6.15pm, and a licensed bar and food will be available. The last remaining tickets, priced £15 for adults and £10 for under 15s, are on sale from Suggy’s Gym on Castlegate in Newark or via the ticket hotline 07415 313749 or 01636 605708.