Horsham boxers gearing up for biggest show

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Horsham Amateur Boxing Club is hoping for its biggest annual show yet as the sport aims to capitalise on the roaring success of the Olympics.

The Horsham Park-based club says numbers have increased by a third since the Games, as the feats of the likes of Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua inspire newcomers. And with young talent coming through the ranks, Horsham ABC hope proceeds from the show will take it to the next level.

Hosted at the Holbrook Club in North Heath Lane next Saturday (November 24), the show is expected to attract more than 400 fight fans, and clubs from across the south east will send boxers.

Horsham ABC hope to use the proceeds to invest in a minibus to take boxers and supporters to bouts.

Coach Dan Purchase said: “We are looking forward to it. Obviously off the back of the Olympics we are hoping not just to get the usual crowd, but to attract some new people.”

A total of nine Horsham boxers will be on the bill, with clubs from Brighton, Folestone, Portsmouth, Worthing, Crawley, Littlehampton, Twickenham and Mitcham also represented.

In addition to the bouts, there will be a ten year and 12 year old skills contest.

Dan declared: “It is a very important night for us, because apart from our weekly subscriptions, this is our only source of funding for the year. We want to get enough, with our savings, for a minibus.

“It’s important we can capitalise on the Olympics, we have been buzzing since and it’s important we continue that and discover some talent in the local area.

“Last night (Monday) was crammed at training, we had around 40 people.”

Two of Horsham ABC’s leading young lights will be on show next Saturday. Danny Kirkland, who fought in the ABAs last season, and the Junior Novices champion, Harry Orsini.

“Danny is very talented and he can a long way if he wants to. We have a lot who are coming through, and it’s too early to tell with many of them,” Dan added.

“It’s fantastic boxing, a fun evening and good entertainment.”

Last year’s event saw around 350 fans pour in the Holbrook Club, as 15 young Horsham boxers enjoyed success, which included a first senior win for Orsini, from Southwater, who earned a majority verdict against Hastings West Hill’s Thomas Brotherick.

Tickets, priced at £12 in advance, or £15 on the door, are available from the club on 07554453862, or from Roundstone Caravans in Southwater and Apache Menswear in Horsham. Doors open at 7.30pm.