Boxers are ready for debut bouts

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TWO Bourne boxers are set for their debuts in the ring next Saturday.

Jake Van Der Drift, 15, and Glenn Spearink, 21, will be Bourne Amateur Boxing Club’s first members to fight competitively when they appear in an evening of fights hosted by Holbeach ABC on March 12.

The pair will fight three two minute rounds and coach Gary Spearink, who is also Glenn’s father, said: “We are quite happy with their preparations. Both have been training well, are very fit and will hopefully do well.

“They both spar regularly but it’s a lot different than boxing for real, in front of people.”

Glenn, from Bourne, began training four months ago, while Jake, from Hanthorpe, joined the Bourne club about 12 months ago.

The pair and are among between 30 and 40 regulars training at the Universal Fitness Gym on Cherryholt Road.

Gary added: “We train them hard but they all enjoy it. If you want to box competitively you have to train hard.”

Jason Brooke, assistant coach at the club, added: “They are matched with fighters who have similar weights and experience.

“We have been running the club for two and half years and are now Amateur Boxing Association affiliated.

“We have a really good mix of ages, male and female, from 11-year-olds to people in the 50s.

“We have local builder, Roger Glover to thank for making a donation towards buying equipment. It means we can kit anyone out who wants to fight competitively.”

New boxers are welcome at the club and Jason added: “We are really looking for people who want to get into competition.”

The club meets on Tuesdays (7-8pm), Thursdays (7.30-8.30pm) and Saturdays (9.3-10.30am).

Glenn and Jake’s bouts are on a bill at Holbeach Commnity Centre that begins at 8pm. Tickets cost £10.