THE local boxing community is preparing to bestow awards on last season’s outstanding performers.
Russ Henshaw, who last season won the national novice heavyweight title, is one of those in line to receive top awards at the Trinity Boxing Club awards evening at the Dukeries Club on Cotmanhay Road this Friday night (23rd)
The event, which is open to all and with free admission, starts at 7.30pm and will reward all the club’s boxers for another outstanding season of achievement.
Henshaw will also be a guest of honour at the Derbyshire ABA awards evening the following night to receive his award for outstanding novice boxer and also an award of recognition for being a national title winner.
At that event, Russ will be accompanied by super heavyweight Jake Harrison as both take their county champions honours.
l Already an outstanding award winner is the club’s president Len Wilkinson, who has had a lifetime’s contribution to the sport recognised by the its governing body, the Amateur Boxing Association of England, and was in Sheffield to receive his award for lifetime achievement from ABA chairman Keith Walters.
Wilkinson has devoted nearly 40 years to amateur boxing, principally as as a tournament master of ceremonies, and while many locally will know him from his presentation of Trinity tournaments, he is also recognised nationwide for his presentation of major championships, international matches, ABA championship finals and the Manchester Commonwealth Games.
l Another important part of the boxing club’s development also took place last week when Derbyshire ABA president Peter Morgan visited the club’s gym to assess the latest candidates for the club’s skills and fitness awards.
Four of its aspiring stars, Loui Hemstock, Zennan Wilschere, Lewis Doyle and Jordan Lewis, were considered ready to achieve the award and all came through with flying colours.
Mr Morgan said: “I was impressed with the level of achievement and quality of all the boxers, and I look forward to seeing their progress in competition.”
Trinity and Ilkeston boxing fans will get an opportunity to see the club’s exciting squad in action at the Festival Inn, Trowell on October 21.
Tickets priced £15 are now on sale ahead of a full programme of 14 bouts featuring Trinity boxers against those from around the country.
Tickets are limited to 300 only. To avoid disappointment contact Scott Rafferty on 079 5656 55 82.