Three of NABC’s promising young boxers headed to Corby on Friday 9 March, to represent the club on the card at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel.
The evening started on a frustrating note for the Newark camp when it was announced that 12-year old Sam Hardy’s opponent had failed to make weight, causing officials to take the decision not to allow the bout to go ahead.
But disappointment soon turned to delight for the club’s supporters in Corby when Louis Clark stepped into the ring. Taking on a more experienced opponent in Curtis Nicol, 14-year old Louis followed through on his recent victory at the NABC Home Show in Farndon last month, putting on his best performance to date to record another unanimous win.
On the second half of the card, it was the turn of fellow club member Jade Grierson who was looking to retain her unbeaten run after two winning outings since her boxing debut in February.
Up against last year’s National Novice Champion and GB Development boxer Omrahah Taylor, Jade was facing a big test in what was only her third boxing contest to date. But, after a strong performance in the first two rounds, the result was looking too close to call as, going into the third, the Newark 26-year old pulled out all the stops, dominating the round and controlling her opponent with more varied attacks and pressure.
“After a close-fought contest, we were unfortunate not to get the win, which went to Omrahah by a split decision,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden. “But Jade is showing major improvements every time she goes out; this is just the start for her and we’re confident that she will be a very scary proposition for future opponents.
“With Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden in Corby to support the NABC youngsters, there’s no doubt that both Louis and Jade went all out to live up to the Suggy’s Gym pro boxer’s own slogan to ‘Make ‘Em Miss, Make ‘Em Pay’ on Friday.”
Featured image by Simon Clark