A very proud day and weekend for The Billericay & Wickford Boxing Club.
George Liddard proved just how good a boxer he is this weekend when he represented ENGLAND in his first International Tournament, the 3 Nations that was held in Doncaster.
George boxed on Friday against the very strong and skilful Scottish National & Reigning British Champion, before winning with a terrific unanimous points decision.
George then boxed today ( Saturday 2nd July ) against this years English Schoolboy Champion, who was also boxing in front of his home town supporters in Doncaster.
George boxed outstanding switching stances and forcing the Ref to give George's opponent a standing 8 count on the last, before taking a convincing unanimous points win to become the best in Britain and taking Gold along with the Title.
George has been with the club from day 1 and has always put in the extra effort in and out of the gym.
Another Champion from our gym, that deserves the very best for all the hard work and commitment that he puts in.
Well done George - Another fantastic role model for the next generation of boxers to look up to
Billericay & Wickford Boxing Club - Stars of the Future.!
7 of the youngest boxers from the Billericay & Wickford Boxing Academy joined the Schoolboy Competition Squad tonight for a training session to give them a taster of what to expect in a few years, when they progress to competition boxing.
The tiny tots, from ages 7-9 competed alongside the carded boys for 90 minutes and one of the Schoolboy's coaches - Mike Ward couldn't believe just how well schooled and disciplined these little'uns were. Mike also added "It's great to see the carded boys giving their time to help the younger ones - what a top bunch of kids all round".
The Club had 2 of their youngest boxers out early on in a skills match.
Freddie Risby was matched in a bout against Cameron Walker from the Harwich Boxing Club. Both lads gave a good account of themselves and was a great even contest that was good for all to watch.
George Buckley was matched in a bout against a very young Lewis Spink from the mighty Canvey Boxing Club. A contrast in styles made a great little contest, giving a great display for the public.
Well done to all 4 lads, Freddie, Cameron, George and Lewis - Tidy boxers with a good future.
Chelmsford and Hastings both very kindly helped out at the last minute with a few extra skills bouts against 5 Star and Canvey, after some late notice changes in the program.
Well done to Harvey Theedom, Donnie Davis, Harvey Marshall and Lennon James.
Loiue ODoherty ( Chelmsford ) beat Jimmy Croxson ( Holland Park ) on a unanimous points win.
Jesse Lee opened the Billericay & Wickford Schoolboy bouts with a very good performance against a very resilient Tyler Downes from the Norwich City Boxing Club. Big shout to Norwich for coming all that way with just 1 schoolboy boxer.
Frankie Wood was up next in a bout that was always going to be close, Titon Klinsrisuk from the Gateway Boxing Gym was now unbeaten in his last 3 bouts with Frankie unbeaten in 4.
A very even bout and Frankie winning on points to take him to 5 unbeaten.
Finley James last bout was in Hastings where he had a very tough bout against Ethan Salmon.
The rematch was on at our show and we prepared Finley the best we could with the help of some of the stronger heavier boys in the gym. Finley done exceptionally well and come through with a very good win against the possibly the best opponent he has faced to date.
Dylan Moss from Lowerstoft came into the ring in with good fitness and pushed Bailey Gibson all the way for 3 rounds before winning on a unanimous points decision.
George Liddard was up against Toby Salmon from Hastings who agreed to take the bout with 48 hours notice, after Georges original opponent pulled out with a sickness bug. Both lads put on another cracking bout, George winning on a points decision.
Thanks to Hastings again, a top club that will never let you down. They was my last call after trying 14 other possible opponents for George at short notice.
Bobby Watson had a great bout against a very strong and determined Shaun Varney from the Hornets Boxing Club based in Kent. Bobby kept calm and boxed smartly and maturely as per the corners instructions and work we have been focusing on for the last 4 weeks in the gym. Bobby done well to bounce back and showed everyone what hard training in and out of the gym can do.
Shaun Varney was a credit to his club and a very good sportsman. as was his supporters. Well done lads a great bout for everyone.
Rio Emmins was matched up against one of the top boxers in the country at 56kgs, Alfie Mehegan from the Newham Boxing Club in London. Again this was a great bout with both lads showing just why they are 2 of the best boxers around. Rio's first bout at this weight getting a good unanimous points win.
Brad Cockett has been out of competition for some years after a break, but came back after deciding to give it another go and we were very proud of him for doing so.
Brad had a very hard bout against Attleborough's Misha Vasiljeus with both lads showing plenty of class. Brad winning on another good points decision and picking up the Boxer of the Night award too.
Conor Ward made a comeback too and also like Brad was not matched easy, Conor had the very strong and durable Ben Evans from Lowerstoft. Conor dug in and hammered out another good win in a very close and evenly fought contest that proved once again that roadwork is so important if you want to box at a high level.
Well done to all the boxers from all clubs that competed, they are the true heros. It takes a lot of courage to step between the ropes.
Thanks to all the clubs that attended.
Massive thank you to all the helpers, far too many to remember and name them all, from the youngest little Bobby helping with gloves, James looking after all the Juniors in the Captains roll, Kim at the door, Fay doing loads of jobs, Terry Beck and Former English and European Champion Colin Lynes for presenting trophies, Wardy, Claire, Joe G, Terry E, Ryan, Little Alfie, Kian, Jessica.
Thanks to all the Coaches, all volunteers too that do a great job week in week out.
Thanks to Skyline Air Conditioning for the sponsorship of the trophies and the club.
Very proud to see Paul Iles name put up at our gym this evening.
The parents area is almost finished at The Main Event Boxing Gym, after plenty of good people have donated their time and money to get this room made comfortable for parents and friends to sit and watch their children learn to box.
This room is dedicated to a very good friend of our boxing club, gone but never forgotten - Always a part of our gym
Massive thank you to Skyline Air Conditioning Services Limited, they have kindly started the installation of the much needed heating at our Amateur Boxing Gym - There are still plenty of good people in business these days that help out the community.!
Thanks from everyone at The Billericay & Wickford Boxing Club.