Boxing club making a mark on local scene

A boxing club is beginning to make its mark on the local scene with two undefeated fighters.

Tempest Boxing Academy started in Blyth less than a year ago and has moved from its original base in a garage to the former St Andrew’s First School.

Over the year the number of members has increased as they take advantage of the full-time fully equipped gym.

Among the members are Jamie Wilson, 24, who is undefeated at middleweight and Bob Varey, also 24, whose only defeat at heavyweight came before he joined the club.

Wilson has won six bouts and won a FFC light middleweight title fight in Bedlington last Friday.

Due to a clash of heads he suffered a deep cut above his eye during the middle part of the first round but carried on and out-boxed his opponent.

Wilson now has two more fights booked. First up is a fight for a IWBC Northeast title on March 29 in Blyth Sports Centre against an opponent with more than 30 fights on his record.

The second is in July in Walker where he will enter an eight-man tournament prizefight where the winner will receive a purse of £1,000.

Varey, a 6ft 8ins ‘friendly giant’, started out boxing whilst in the army and made the transition to semi-pro boxing.

He faces a defence of his IWBC northeast heavyweight title on March 29.

Varey has also secured a place on the worldwide show ‘Bigger is Better’ sanctioned by WKN, where the winner of the eight-man prizefighter tournament will win $25,00, and it will also be covered live on EuroSport.

For more on the club email ricky.stafford@me.com, find them on Facebook at Tempest Boxing Academy or follow them on Twitter @TempestBoxing