Hard work for Empire School of Boxing’s Percival and Vuong fails to be rewarded

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Two Blyth Empire School of Boxing youngsters competed at the Lamplight Arts Centre in Stanley, County Durham.

Despite both boxers having worked hard in the gym, Lewis Percival and Cameron Lee Vuong were beaten on points decisions.

Empire head coach Les Welsh said both boys have lots of positives to take from their performances and both will learn good lessons from these contests.

He said: “The young boxers are fine young men and even though they did not win on this occasion both have very good records and are a credit to the sport of amateur boxing.

“We at the Empire School of Boxing work with our boxers not only to enjoy the successes but also to be good sports people and learn from the defeats.”

Meanwhile Empire’s Leon Nicholson is proving to be a boxer who is difficult to match.

Welsh added: “Leon is a coach’s dream, but other boxers in our area shun the opportunity to share the ring with him.

“Leon is prepared to box anyone, so much so he has had to give three times the experience to his last three opponents, and he will do so again on Friday, February 27, at the Shepherds Inn in Carlisle when he boxes Josh Johnson from Ashington.”

Johnson has had 35 bouts to Nicholson’s 13.

Welsh said: “Leon is not like any other, yes it would be nice to get some fair matches, but if no one wants to box him with his experience then rather than wait around twiddling our thumbs we will push on and box anywhere we can.

“When we were asked to take the bout we jumped at the chance as Leon wants to box every week, given the chance.

“We know Josh will be tough and you have to respect his experience, but Leon is no ordinary boxer and will go to win.”