Boxing club enjoys a rise in members

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A BOXING school marked the end of a great season with two boxers in the north east finals of the Schools Championships – one of them making it to the next round.

Blyth Empire School of Boxing had Michael Stewart and Michael Jobson fighting at the event held at Rainton Meadows recently.

Stewart was up against Tyres, from Newbiggin, and the first round was scrappy with both lads wanting to win so much.

The second round saw some exciting action while Stewart threw cleaner punches in the third round.

The decision could not have been closer but to the delight of those at Blyth, Stewart was given the win.

Next up was Michael Jobson against D Adams, from Darlington.

After a gallant effort from Jobson, Adams was given the verdict.

However, head coach Les Welsh was delighted with Jobson’s efforts, saying it will not be long before he lands a title based on his training ethic.

The club is currently enjoying a rise in members, with more sessions being set up to cope with the increased demand.

Mr Welsh said: “The coaching team have worked their socks off to produce a really good boxing team.

“All of our boxers can’t wait to get to the gym and learn and compete in boxing.

“The gym is so full we have had to put extra sessions on.

“We have starter class, beginners class, keep fit classes for men and women and of course the boxers class.

“The gym on Cowpen Road has been going for 20 years and I have never seen it so full.”

Apart from the various wins this season the Empire School of Boxing have boxed the Gleann Boxing Club from Belfast and were successful on the night with outstanding performances from both sides played to a packed house at Ashington and District SC Comrades Club.

The Empire School of Boxing have also launched www.empire-boxing.com

A show is planned for February 23 at Ashington Comrades where boxers will be up against other boxers from throughout the north east, tickets are on sale now.