Boxing club looking to settle down in latest home
PAIGNTON Amateur Boxing Club has made another move to new premises – which their coach hopes will be their last.
Paul Guy said the club's move to the old Winners Gym on Dartmouth Road should finally give them stability after a number of changes of base.
Their new home is split across three levels and includes a circuit room, a mirrored sparring/ shadow boxing room and a boxing room with permanent ring and 14 bags including speed balls and pads.
The club are hoping the new facilities will help spur on their current group of boxers while attracting new fighters.
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The gym will also be open to the public, and the club are holding regular boxing-based fitness classes.
"This is my eighth gym in Paignton since I joined in 1995," said Guy.
"We started off at Paignton College when I arrived, but then problem was that we had no permanent ring and we had to hang the bags up ourselves before each session as it was a general sports hall.
"It was just makeshift really and we needed a permanent base.
"We started searching around and have never scored a long lease in places. We're now on Dartmouth Road, and hopefully we will be there for a long time."
The classes will include one-hour junior sessions for boys and girls aged nine years and older on Tuesdays (5.30pm, £2 for children). Immediately afterwards there will be 90-minute female-only classes (ages 14 and older, £5 adults/£2 juniors).
Sessions for men will be held on Saturday mornings (9.30am) at £5 a time, lasting 90 minutes.
Guy explained: "What we've decided to do is to open the gym to the community – it's still a boxing gym but we're also holding sessions for general fitness.
"It's based on basic boxing training so it's quite a decent workout – or people can come in and use the equipment that we've got."
The club currently boast 18 boxers in their stable including junior and senior fighters. Among the senior ranks is 23-year-old middleweight Liam Power who has stepped back from the professional ranks into the amateurs.
Three of the boxers – Dylan Powell, Mike Trueman and Jake Abraham – are starting their campaigns in the national ABA championships on October 20 at Combe Martin.
A number of their top boxers will be performing in their dinner show at the Berry Head Hotel on Saturday, October 27.
Tickets cost £37.50 a head and should be booked in tables of between four and 10.
For more details or to book contact Duane Barwood on 07971 528192.