Trinity ABC heavyweight star Russ Henshaw was the big winner at the Ilkeston club’s awards night held at the Dukeries Club on Cotmanhay Road.
The recently-appointed Trinity captain remains unbeaten in his boxing career after an outstanding season that saw him capture the national novice heavyweight title and captain an England select team in Ireland where he won by knock out against a previously unbeaten Irish fighter.
Henshaw received the Bill Morley Cup for outstanding Trinity boxer and also took awards for outstanding achievement and performance of the year for his electrifying performance in the national final.
Henshaw was also presented with the captain’s belt by club president Len Wilkinson who has donated the new award to the club.
There were also prestigious awards for more of the club’s talented squad.
Thomas Robinson, 17, took the award for outstanding youth boxer, the Terry Johnson Memorial Cup, for the second season and also took the most stylish boxer award for the second year.
Thomas also added to his haul of awards when being presented with the Dukeries Cup by landlord Joe Nixon, an award recognising outstanding potential.
In the past the winner of that award has gone on to excel in the following season, which was certainly the case with super heavyweight Jake Harrison last year as he took the Midland Counties title with an outstanding run of results.
Harrison’s effort during the season saw him take the most improved boxer trophy and as he prepares for the new season the coaching staff are delighted with his continued progress.
The award for outstanding schoolboy boxer went for the second year to John Langley.
John, 15, gained experience putting in some fine displays along the way, as did Marcus Creed, 17, who took the Stephen Broderick Memorial Cup for most promising boxer.
Welterweight Kyle Hughes, 20, had a very busy season, never turning down a challenge and showing outstanding courage and commitment to take the Aldred’s Centenary Cup for most sporting boxer.
Four of the club’s stars of the future received the skills award from Derbyshire ABA president Peter Morgan.
Loui Hemstock, Zennan Wilschere, Louis Doyle and Jordan Lewis were all been in competition during the season and displayed their skills to the Derbyshire president in a confident manor at the club’s gym the previous week.
Hemstock, 12, in his first season, also received the Mick Moloney Memorial Trophy for best first season boxer.
The award for club man of the year, the Tim Harcourt Memorial Cup, went to Nathan Hill.
Hill, 21, had an outstanding career in the ring but has now turned his attention to coaching and already passed his ABA coaching badge.
There were also awards for outstanding contribution to the club season for middleweight Alex Reed, 24, and lightweight Jacob Robinson.
Jamie Chatburn, 27, also received a special award for his work as club captain during a very busy season.
The following evening the Derbyshire ABA held their annual dinner dance and presentation at the Festival Inn in Trowell.
Russ henshaw was again a big winner, taking the Len Wilkinson Trophy for outstanding novice boxer and also a special award for winning his national title.
Jake Harrison also received a Derbyshire Champions award to mark his first ever title.
l The Trinity squad have been busy preparing for the new season which starts this week.
First up will be Chloe Hemstock, Lewis Doyle and Loui Hemstock who all take to the ring on Friday night (30th) in Newcastle.
The following day at Derbyshire Cricket Ground Russ Henshaw and Jake Harrison weigh in for the Derbyshire round of this year’s national novice championships and bantamweight Jamie Williams, 20, makes a bid for the Derbyshire ABA bantamweight challenge belt against Derby boxer Connar Blackshaw.
Ilkeston boxing fans will get a chance to see the Trinity stars in action on their next promotion at the Festival Inn, Trowell on Friday, October 21.
Tickets are now on sale priced at £15 for adults and £5 for under-16s who must be accompanied by an adult and provide proof of age at the door.
For tickets contact Scott Rafferty on 079 56 56 55 82.