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Five is too young to fight

Boxing club has to turn away five and six year olds looking to take to the ring

Malcolm Howe

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Five is too young to fight

THAMES VALLEY ABC has been swamped by new members following the club’s 60th anniversary show earlier this year – but it is having to turn away others who are keen to take up ‘the noble art.’

Parents have been hoping to introduce children as young as five and six to boxing and says the club’s head coach Paul Cooke: “That’s just not sensible.

“They can’t box until they are 10,” he said. “We train them form the age of nine, and may at eight for only one session a week.

“We have people calling us or bringing them along at five or six and we have to say ‘sorry, we can’t take them.

“It’s not the right sort to start them at that age and they need to grow and develop a little bit.”

Regardless of that, the number of young boxers training at the club had reached record levels and five more recently passed medical tests to enter competition.

“We’re heaving with young boxers and adult seniors as well,” said Cooke. “This is the busiest we’ve been since I’ve been coaching.”

The club’s first bout of the new season saw 13-year old Archie Jury score a unanimous points win over Tylerstown’s Daniel James in Wales on Friday night.

James’ handlers hoped that Jury would pose an easier task after the Welsh champion was twice beaten by Thames Valley’s Jack Tomlinson’s last season, latterly in the 60th anniversary show, but Jury’s counter-attacking style was in contrast to his club-mate’s more aggressive action and he was well worth the verdict for his sixth win in 12 bouts.

Jury will be back in action this weekend at Berinsfield, where he will be joined by Aaron Duncan, who will step into the competitive ring for only the second time.

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