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Smelters Boxing Gym, Avonmouth

Cave's Corner

Connors Hits Gold

Posted by nscabc on April 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM


Left to right-Tri Nations Gold Medallist Luke Connors with winning Brothers Tom and Jerry.

What a week it’s been for the National Smelting Co Amateur Boxing Club. The Shirehampton based club hosted its fifth show of the season at the Henbury Social Club on Thursday 14th of April which was kindly sponsored by Mr Declan Harrington of D & D Trophies. The club promoted an 11 bout bill with ten of the bouts featuring a boxer from the host club. Local MP and NSC club president Charlotte Leslie was on hand to cheer the clubs boxers on and hand out trophies.

Smelters head Coach Garry Cave reports “I thought we might be cutting the bill a bit fine with only 11 bouts but thanks to the great support from the visiting clubs we got them all on. We opened the show with three skills bouts featuring Smelters boxers Tommy ‘Gun’ Dolan, ‘Big’ Ted Philips, Max Morgan and James Allen which gave the newer boxers the chance to showcase their skills without the pressure of having to win or lose. All the lads boxed with composure showing variety in both defence and attack. We followed with eight competitive bouts seven with NSC boxers in them winning five and only losing two, Winners where Cameron ‘Cannonball’ Lusted, Ben ‘10’ Harvey, Sam ‘Smash’ Ash, and boxing brother’s Jerry ‘Mighty Mouse’ Connors and Tom ‘Tucker’ Connors” Informed Cave “Win or lose and most of them won I was pleased with all the lads performances , Cameron got his first win after training very hard in the gym, proving that hard work pays off, Ben Harvey landed some great body shots to force a third round late stoppage, Sam Ash returned after sometime out with a win, Both Jerry & Tom Connors put in very polished displays to beat two very experienced boxers from Poole ABC, Jake ‘Monster’ Musgrove and Shane ‘da Bomber’ Brown lost on points after both gave it their all.

Whilst brothers Jerry & Tom where boxing on the Henbury show, 12 years old younger brother Luke ‘The Force’ Connors unbeaten in six bouts was on his way up to Manchester to compete for England in the Tri Nations Tournament, which sees the National Finalists from England, Wales and Scotland all compete for gold. Luke was crowned National Champion after winning the Royal Navy Schools ABA Championships in Manchester the month before. Said Cave “We tried our hardest to get up to Manchester in time on Friday for Luke’s Semi Final but due to the heavy traffic unfortunately we missed seeing him winning the semi’s by a points decision over the 52kg Welsh Champion Liam Taylor. But we where there on Saturday to see Luke at his very best with a forceful display of none stop power punching when he won with a third round stoppage over the other English Rep Jamie Aramayo. It was a proud moment to see Luke on the podium with his gold medal whilst the national anthem was played. What an achievement for this young lad of only 12. Luke’s now eight bouts with eight wins National English Champion, Tri Nations Champ and Gold medalist as well as winning both his bouts boxing for England.”

The NSC train every Mon, Wed & Fri night from 7-8:30pm at their newly built boxing gym, next door to Avonmouth Rugby club at the end of Barracks Lane, BS11 9NG. All equipment is provided. Ring Head Coach Garry Cave for more details on 07876 233621 or visit the club website

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