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Future looking bright at New Astley Boxing Club after successful home show




New Astley Boxing Club head coach Mark O’Reilly is confident that Saturday’s home show will have been a useful eye opener for his ‘novice crew’ of fighters.

O’Reilly was impressed with how the quartet of Spike Stevens, Abdullah Jadoon, Eddie Bannister and Able O’Gorman acquitted themselves during their respective skills bouts, and he was equally enthused with the performance that his six senior boxers produced at The Racing Centre.

Those contests yielded a return of three victories for Ollie Quinn, Samuel O’Gorman and George Redhead, while Tobios Guy, Ionut Ciuta and Raven Dodsworth all provided reason for optimism despite being defeated.

Boxing - Newmarket Astley Club Boxing charity fight night for Harry Fussey coach Mark O'Reilly with lads before the event Picture Mark Westley. (31099909)
Boxing - Newmarket Astley Club Boxing charity fight night for Harry Fussey coach Mark O'Reilly with lads before the event Picture Mark Westley. (31099909)

There remains plenty to work on going forward – particularly from a fitness point of view – but O’Reilly believes that the experience will hold his stable in good stead for the future.

“Some did better than others and overall it went as I expected,” said O’Reilly. “With the defeats, a lot of it came down to fitness and not skill or technique.

“A lot of people do not realise just how much it takes to get into a ring and go even three rounds.

“You have got to work hard and every single one of my fighters said how serious they have to take things going forward.

“Ultimately, will and dedication can beat talent, especially if that talent does not want to work hard.

“But there is a lot to be happy with and I am very, very pleased with every one of them. They all look well schooled and confident in what they were doing.

“Crucially, it is a good learning curve for them all. It is a novice crew but they have to start somewhere.”

Quinn – in what was just his third bout – was named Home Boxer of the Night at an event that was dedicated to Harry Fussey, a former club member who died in a road crash just outside Newmarket in September last year.


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