Trinity get county accolades

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TrinityABC was once again at the forefront when the Derbyshire Amateur Boxing Association announced their annual awards last week.

Trinity andDerbyshire ABA captain, heavyweight Russ Henshaw, was awarded the highest accolade, the Millennium Trophy - awarded to the outstanding boxer of the season.

Of the 12 major awards, Trinity boxers took an impressive four trophies.

Also joining Henshaw at the annual award ceremony in Derby in September will be junior star Haydon Clarke, who was named the season’s outstanding junior boxer, and Kyle Hughes, who was voted the most sporting boxer. Zak Smedley will receive the award for best boxer in his first season after an excellent debut year.

Amateur boxing in Derbyshire is very strong at the moment, giving the awards even more importance.

The association, formed in 1946, now boasts in excess of 25 affiliated clubs from Buxton in the north to Swadlincote in the south, making it the strongest it as been for several years, which in turn creates even more competition for the coveted awards.

Henshaw, 28, had an outstanding season having already taken this award at the club’s own awards night.

After winning the national novice title last season, Henshaw made rapid progress ,reaching the national final of the Class B novice championships and moving on to the elite ABA championships where he gave ABA and Great Britan champion Simon Barclay a real scare before missing out on an agonisingly close decision in the Midland Counties final.

Henshaw was named county captain and his wholehearted performances throughout the season made him a deserved winner of the elite trophy.

Clarke, 16, also had an impressive year and excelled amongst a talent-laden field of Derbyshire junior boxers. Six wins from seven fights was a deserved and impressive return for a tremendous effort from the talented southpaw.

Hughes, 21, always gives full value and commitment in his contests. The middleweight star has earned a reputation for his wholehearted effort and this season he was rewarded with several creditable victories in crowd pleasing encounters, but this award also recognises his respect of opponents and officials after sometimes being on the wrong end of close decisions and his enthusiasm for the sport he loves.

Smedley, 18, had an impressive start to his boxing career, winning four out of four contests in impressive fashion as he remains unbeaten in his debut season.

This award recognises potential for the future and Smedley has shown plenty of promise and will be eager to continue his progress in the new season.

Club leader Scott Rafferty said: “This is a fantastic reward for the effort put in by all these lads in a very hard and demanding season.

“It is also a great reward for the club to see their efforts recognised. They have all shown tremendous commitment and fully deserve these accolades .”

On the big night in Derby the award winners will be joined by the club’s county champions who will receive their awards .

The club produced eight Derbyshire champions and super heavyweight Jake Harrison, flyweight Jamie Williams, schoolboy ABA champions Jordan Lewis and Lewis Doyle and female ABA champion Chloe Hemstock will all be in attendance.