AN ARMY boxer from Bedlington has capped a stunning debut to his military boxing career by winning his first competitive bout in Germany.
Fusilier Colin Ross, 25, who serves with 2RRF B Company, beat his opponent Fusilier Wolstencroft in Germany in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers’ Inter Company Boxing Tournament.
He won on a majority points decision in their upper middleweight clash after only having taken up boxing eight weeks earlier.
The former St Benet Biscop High School student left the packed arena in no doubt as to his boxing credentials by displaying bravery and determination to secure the win.
Speaking after his fight, Ross, whose parents Darren and Hazel live in Bedlington, said: “I feel knackered but over the moon.
“It was the hardest thing I have ever done.
“I couldn’t believe how I felt at the end of the fight and being declared the winner.
“I wanted to do well and to improve my career.
“Boxing is a good platform for a good Army career too show I am a robust and tough person.”
The amateur event included ten bouts comprising of three two-minute rounds with mostly novice fighters ranging from lightweight to heavyweight.
The tournament took place under international rules and was overseen by a referee and additional judges, medical and support staff.
Tournament organiser and battalion boxing officer, Captain Jason Oliver, said: “Boxing is a fantastic sport for soldiers to get involved in, it keeps them fit and also promotes a strict sense of discipline and respect.
“The courage and commitment of these guys to get in the ring is exactly what they need in the battlefield.
“They are achieving is excellent level of fitness, and stamina and they have enjoyed their training and displayed a good spirit.
“Most of the guys fighting tonight are novice boxers – taking part in their first boxing competition – you have to have a lot of courage and bravery to step into a ring and risk getting knocked out in front of your regiment and everyone competing tonight has it.
“Enormous credit must also go to all the coaches who have taken the guys under their wing and passed on the benefit of their knowledge and experience to them.
“Over all it has been a fantastic night and a great opportunity for the battalion to spend some time together.”