Fledgling boxing club makes flying start

Winning start: Keith Hawkins congratulates 13-year-old Patrick Brien

Winning start: Keith Hawkins congratulates 13-year-old Patrick Brien

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A new boxing club made history on Saturday night with three wins out of three.

Smallholdings Amateur Boxing Club are celebrating after their fighters triumphed at the Balham Boxing Club Show less than a month after teaming up with Tooting & Mitcham United and the Hub at Morden’s Imperial Fields.

Based at the leisure complex since a January move from Wallington, the club's head coach Keith Hawkins and fifty fans saw Patrick Brien, 13, John Latherwell, 16 and Josh Mackly, 24, all come out on top after three round bouts at the Balham Boxing Club show.

Brien won with a unanimous decision after three rounds, Latherwell stopped his opponent in the first round and Mackly won on points.

Hawkins, who helps train professional based fighter Tony Owen at Smallholdings ABC and now has nearly 40 boxers from juniors to seniors on his books, reckons the club couldn't have got off to a better start.

The 42-year-old, a former amateur fighter himself, said: "This was a dream start for us to win all three of our first bouts.

“The support we had was fantastic and I am so proud of everybody connected with the club.

“I would also like to say a special thank you to everyone at the Hub and Tooting & Mitcham United.

“They have welcomed us with open arms and have given us great support since the day we arrived."

Tooting & Mitcham United and Hub chairman Steve Adkins said: "Smallholdings are building a club that can really make a difference to the community and help young people in particular.

“That is exactly what are our mission here is about and why we so happy to be building a partnership with them that is already producing results.”

“They want to give youngsters the best start in life through sport and I can't think of a better aim that that.

“So I am delighted that they’ve got off to such a spectacular start.

“Keith and his coaches are also helping our first team so the Ryman League can look forward to seeing an even tougher Terrors team to beat thanks to their help.”

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