Top qual­ity spar­ring for young Phoenix box­ers

‘ This trip will have en­hanced the chances at the cham­pi­onships of all the boys who were in at­ten­dance and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to the rest of the sea­son’

The Oban Times - - Sport -

LOCHABER Phoenix Boxing Club con­tin­ued with prepa­ra­tions for the var­i­ous up­com­ing na­tional cham­pi­onships by tak­ing six of their box­ers to Sh­effield and Mother­well last week­end as they spent three days spar­ring with top qual­ity op­po­nents.

The Lochaber box­ers who made the trip were 10-year- old Josh Dieguno, Max Der­ben­ovs, 12, Cameron Whyte, 14, Robert Mac­Don­ald, 15, Ross McCon­nell, 15, and Shaun Wal­lace, 16.

Fri­day and Satur­day were spent at the world fa­mous In­gle gym, home of Prince Nadeem Hamed, Johnny Nel­son and cur­rent world wel­ter­weight cham­pion Kell Brook, among oth­ers.

While the box­ers from both clubs spent hours each day try­ing to knock lumps out of each other, be­tween rounds and be­fore and af­ter train­ing the time was spent gain­ing new friends.

For­mer WBC light-wel­ter­weight cham­pion of the world Ju­nior Wit­ter was one of the head am­a­teur coaches at the In­gle gym so the boys got to meet him and the man who started the ball rolling with what is com­monly held to be a boxing in­sti­tu­tion, Bren­dan In­gle.

Now in his sev­en­ties, Bren­dan is still in the gym ev­ery day of the week watch­ing the am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional box­ers train­ing.

In­deed, Lochaber’s Cameron Whyte was given a huge ac­co­lade by this leg­end of the sport when he urged every­one of the gym to give Cameron a round of ap­plause af­ter a par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive round of spar­ring.

Sun­day saw Lochaber Phoenix back in Scot­land, at the Kier Hardie gym in Mother­well, where box­ers from the host club and Irvine Vineb­urgh and Bar­rhead were also present to en­gage in a spir­ited spar­ring ses­sion.

Club coach Char­lie An­der­son was de­lighted with the progress and at­ti­tude shown by the lo­cal box­ers over the course of the week­end say­ing: ‘We re­ally wanted the boys to get some rounds in the bank while we were away to help with sharp­ness and stam­ina and also to give the less ex­pe­ri­enced box­ers a look at how to con­duct your­self when you are com­pet­ing away from home and ev­ery­thing that go­ing to a cham­pi­onship en­tails.

‘ We were de­lighted with the ap­pli­ca­tion of all the boys and they re­ally were a credit to them­selves. This trip will have en­hanced the chances at the cham­pi­onships of all the boys who were in at­ten­dance and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to the rest of the sea­son.’

Young Lochaber box­ers are, back row, left to right, Robert Mac­Don­ald, Cameron Whyte, Shaun Wal­lace and, far right, Ross MacCon­nell; and, front row, left to right, Max Der­ben­ovs and Josh Dieguno with, back row, sec­ond from right, Ju­nior Wit­ter, who has held mul­ti­ple light-wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the World Boxing Coun­cil ti­tle from 2006 to 2008.

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