Trinity Boxing Club will have a very strong entry in the first championship of the new season which takes place in Leicester on Sunday.
The first round of the England Boxing Development Championship will take place with the East Midlands regional round. Trinity will have an entry in each of the ten bouts and in categories from welterweight up to super heavyweight.
Sam Patchitt will go in the welterweight division (69kg). Patchitt was an East Midland champion last year on his route to the national quarter-final, only losing out on a close decision to the eventual national title winner.
Coach Scott Rafferty said: “The light middleweight division has now gone after the international weight divisions were imposed by the world governing body, AIBA, so Sam, who holds the Derbyshire ABA challenge belt at light middleweight, has dropped down and is looking strong and determined at this new division and is sure to be a threat to anyone in the East Midlands.”
Marcus Creed will be back in action at middleweight (75kg) after taking time out to gain honours at university.
Rafferty added: “Marcus will be among a very strong entry at middleweight but he has the skill and determination to emerge from the group.”
Sam Bates will make his second attempt at an East Midland title at light heavyweight (81kg)
The big-punching Trinity man will also be in a big group but he now has the experience of a previous championship and the confidence in his punching power and could make a big impression in the group.
Dan Desachy is undefeated and has shown class as he has defeated each of his more experienced opponents and is sure to be a threat in the heavyweight division (91 kg)
At super heavyweight, Jack Harrison makes his second attempt in this championship .
Harrison gave a good account of himself last year before losing out to another eventual national champion .
Said Scott Rafferty: “With this experience Jack is sure to be motivated and could be a major threat in this championship.
“All the lads have given this championship their total commitment and all are in great shape.
“Hopefully Sunday will be the start of the long road to glory.”