A trio of Bourne ABC fighters expect to make their debuts in the ring next month as the club steps up its competitive side.
Ian Cottam, Darren Lunn and Sean Price-Regan are all training towards their first bouts, after the club’s debut on the competitive stage last year.
The club, which was set up four years ago, is now well established with up to two dozen of the 50 members regularly attending training nights led by head coach Paul South, assistants Jason Brooke and Gary Spearink, and assistant coach in training, Darryl Vaus .
“Last year saw the start of our induction into amateur competition with boxers Jack Bailey, Simon Clark and Glenn Spearink all representing the club,” said Brooke.
“We know that other local clubs have taken further steps into the competitive world but Paul is very keen on ensuring that any fighter that wears the club colours is ready in terms of fitness and attitude before allowing them to step into the ring.”
And the coaches reckon that the trio of Cottam, Lunn and Price-Regan are all ready.
Cottam, at 86kg in the senior ranks, is a regular at the club and has been stepping up his training routine in anticipation of his first fight while Lunn will fight at 90kg after making the transition from bodybuilding to boxing.
Price-Regan, 72kg, is a relative new comer to Bourne ABC but has shown great potential and a desire to fight competitively.
These along with Jack Bailey (66kg), Simon Clark (72kg) and Glenn Spearink (78kg) will be seen competing in local and national competition throughout the year.
Brooke added: “Hopefully as our squad increases in size, we will be closer to putting on our own event in Bourne. For now, we have good links and support from Stamford ABC and will hopefully feature in their next show at Deeping Leisure Centre in the next few months.
“We are always on the lookout for new talent and will provide a warm welcome to anyone who would like to try their hand at boxing. All you need is training clothing and a good attitude and we will provide the rest.”
As the new talent emerges and the club grows, sponsorship becomes ever more vital and the assistant coach said: “As with any voluntary group, we rely on club fees and donations to support our club and would welcome any interest from local sponsors who may be able to help with the purchase of equipment and running costs.
“We have a good cross section of members that represent all elements of Bourne’s local community including tradesmen, school kids, commuters and home workers.
“Bourne ABC would also like to thank some of its other members who have played a significant part in its development - David Trimble for help with club accounts, Karim as a formidable ex-pro sparring partner, John Knott for setting the bar in terms of speed and fitness. Also a mention must go to Harvey for the continued support and use of gym facilities at Harvey’s Universal Fitness.”
l Bourne ABC Training times are Tuesday & Thursday evenings 7.30-8.30pm and Saturday mornings 9-10am.
Club fees are £2 on the door with the first session free. Harveys Universal Fitness Centre is on Cherry Holt Road, Bourne.