Head Coach Brendan Warburton leads a selection of Sheffield boxers across the Irish Sea to compete against the Belfast Met Boxing Academy.
Students from both Sheffield Universities, Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield, competed in 7 competitive bouts at the Belfast Met charity dinner.
Brendan lead a team including boys training at Sheffield Boxing Centre and Manor Boxing Club, with the majority of the group made up of Sheffield City ABC boxers.
In a celebration for their first year of running the program, Belfast Met were keen to put on a show…
Making Weight in Style
Amateur boxers often have to wait till later in their career before a glamorous weigh-ins, with most pre-fight preliminaries happening in small function rooms of working men’s club.
So it was a nice change for the boxers to be invited to the Belfast Town Hall to step onto the scales. A fantastic venue, hosted by the Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence.
Journalists, Film Cameras and Photographers were keen to have their time with the boxers, this really set the tone for the trip and the lads were buzzing to get in the ring.
The evening of amateur boxing took place at a dinner show at the Clayton Hotel. It was a fantastic venue with bright lights, loud music and live streams of the action played on TV screens.
Sheffield Select group came away winners of the evening, taking 4 wins out of a possible 7. Sheffield City ABC boxers came away with their heads held high boasting a 100% winning record for the evening.
The Celebrations Didn’t Finish There….
Sheffield City ABC had even more to celebrate, as the Sheffield Hallam University Boxing Team received the award for Most Improved Team of the Year at the Team Hallam Annual Sports Ball.
This is following the success at the British University Championships (BUCs), where the team won 2 gold and 2 silver medals contributing to 40 BUCs points. This adds to a record 6 Varsity bouts in front of a sell out crowd at the Sheffield Octogan, showing that University boxing is well and truly on the rise.
Thanks to the Belfast Met Boxing Academy for their kind hospitality and hosting such a fantastic, with head coaches John Mulhern and Martin Lindsay.
Thank you to Paul Porter, CEO of England Boxing, for arranging the contact between both Belfast and Sheffield establishments.
Biggest thanks goes to Brendan Warburton for arranging a unforgettable trip for the Sheffield boxers and coaches.
Bring On Next Season!