TWO young Trinity ABC fighters gave the club a memorable start to the new year by taking Derbyshire ABA schoolboy titles in Chesterfield last weekend.
Lewis Doyle had already provided the club with its first win of the season in Newcastle back in October and has now gained the the first title and first win of the new year.
He and clubmate Jordan Lewis were entered into the ABA of England Schoolboy Championships which started with the county round at the Chesterfield police HQ.
Lewis progressed at class three (63kg) unopposed but Doyle had to get past Kieran Oldfield of Alfreton in the 66kg category to make it into the seven counties draw, which will bring together the Midland divisional champions in Coventry next week.
Doyle, 14, boxed confidently and imposed himself in a tight contest, showing desire and courage as he out-hustled the Alfreton boxer to take a close but deserved decision, bringing him his first championship title and Trinity its fifth Derbyshire title of the season.
Three of the club’s more experienced boxers are now preparing for the ABA Elite Open Senior Championships which begin in February.
Russ Henshaw, last in action in an outstanding national heavyweight novice final in Portsmouth in December, was given a timely boost last week when once again the club’s Boxer of the Month award.
Henshaw will enter the championships at heavyweight and will be joined by Jake Harrison at super heavyweight and Jamie Williams at flyweight.
Harrison and Williams also have a big night to look forward to at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on ABA finals night when they challenge for the Derbyshire ABA challenge belts in their respective divisions.
Both will face tough bouts as they bid to become the first Trinity boxer to take one of these coveted belts.
Tickets for the event on Friday, Febuary 17, which includes a three-course meal, are now on sale and can be ordered from Trinity club leader Scott Rafferty by contacting 079 5656 55 82 .
Anyone interested in this event is recommended to order their tickets as soon as possible as they are selling quickly for what is expected to be an outstanding night’s entertainment featuring the cream of Derbyshire boxing.