Honours galore for Trinity’s boxing stars

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Trinity Boxing Club was well represented when the Derbyshire Amateur Boxing Association held their annual dinner and awards evening in Derby last weekend.

Trinity boxers walked away with four of the 12 major awards available at the Spot night club in the city centre to make them the most successful of Derbyshire’s 25 clubs.

Club captain and also Derbyshire ABA team captain Russ Henshaw, 28, took the top accolade - the Millennium Trophy for outstanding senior boxer.

The Derbyshire heavyweight champion made it to the final of the National Novice Championship early in the season, an achievement he also received another award for, and then made it to the Midland Counties final in the elite ABA championship, picking up his second Derbyshire title of the season on the way.

Haydon Clarke, 16, made it through to the final of the Midland Counties junior championship in his first season with the club and was named the outstanding junior boxer, taking the Ashbourne Trophy.

Clarke impressed in a busy season by winning six of his seven bouts which included victories over two opponents he had previously lost to.

Zak Smedley enjoyed a successful first season and still remains undefeated after four contests, and these performances earned the 18-year-old the Harry Norman Aldred Memorial Trophy awarded to the best boxer in his first season.

Kyle Hughes, 21, always provided fight fans with memorable contests during a busy season and his courage and determination was rewarded with the David Brady Trophy awarded to the most sporting senior boxer.

Trinity official Rita Wilkinson also received a special award to mark over 40 years’ service to the association as a ringside recorder and valued Derbyshire ABA official.

Trinity Boxing Club are about to set out on what they hope will be another successful season and the squad have been preparing well, determined to match last year’s achievements.

Ilkeston boxing fans will get a chance to see this progress and support the club at their first ever promotion at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on Friday, November 2.

This event is a dinner/boxing evening and will feature the club’s stars on a bill entitled “Night of the Champions.”

Heavyweight Russ Henshaw will face a tough test in ABA semi-finalist Gary Daley of Southend, Derbyshire challenge belt holder Jamie Williams will be defending his bantamweight belt and light heavyweight Jamie Chatburn will be challenging for that belt .

A full programme of boxing will follow a three-course meal.

Ticket sales for this event have gone very well with only three tables out of ten remaining .

Priced at £40 or £400 for a table of ten, tickets can be reserved by contacting ScottRafferty on 079 56 56 5582 or scottrafferty@live.co.uk.