Bryant backs youngsters to put on knockout show

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VETERAN coach Mick Bryant is gearing up for a knockout spectacle when Eastgate Boxing Club hosts a show on Friday, October 21.

The event, which is taking place at Great Whelnetham Community Centre, will see a number of the Rougham-based club’s young fighters enter the ring to take take on opponents from across the county.

Promising youngsters Tommy Taylor and Jake Dykstra will be action as they continue their boxing education, along with heavyweight talents Jake Gibbs and Ricky Zdrenka.

Former ABA quarter-finalist, Karl Allen will be making his long-awaited comeback after a two-year injury lay-off.

But Tommy’s older brother Dewy, will be absent from the event due to his involvement at the National Association of Clubs for Young People Championships.

Eastgate coach Bryant spoke about what the crowd can expect on the night.

“We will have some extremely exciting and close bouts with all the opponents naturally matched,” he said.

“For me the most interesting thing about the event is the youngsters we have who are coming through.

“We will have Tommy Taylor and Jake Dykstra fighting and I am really looking forward to seeing their progression and how much they have developed.

“Unfortunately Dewy will not be boxing. He is currently away at the CYP Championships and there is a good chance he will progress in that competition, so he won’t be able to box too many times in the same week.

“Karl has been away with an injury for the last two years, but he will be making his return and being a former ABA quarter-finalist a few years ago he will hopefully be looking for a title this year.”

It will be a big event for all involved and despite a big crowd expected, Bryant believes nerves from the atmosphere will have no effect on his fighters preperation. The lads should be able to cope with the crowds because they would have fought in front of groups of people before.

“We spar in the gym a few times a week to get them used to the ring atmosphere and nerves. That calmness is also something you acquire, so the show will be a good experience.”

Tickets for the show are available from Mick Bryant on 01284 850683.