Veteran coach Mick Bryant has hailed the dedication of Eastgate Boxing Club’s first-ever national champion Chloe Hunt.
The 16-year-old beat Braunstone’s Ellis Hopkins by a unanimous decision in the 66kg female junior development final of the England Boxing Development Championships, in Grantham, at the weekend.
The Thurston Community College student gave her opponent a count in the first round before winning the bout on the judges’ scorecard, and becoming Eastgate ABC’s first national champion.
“It’s a very good achievement for her,” Bryant said. “She’s Eastgate’s first national champion.
“We’ve had loads of finalists in the past but we’ve never had someone win.
“She took on a girl from the Midlands who was well schooled, but Chloe gave her a count in the first round.
“There was no stoppage in the end and she won by a unanimous decision.
“She’s still got a lot to learn but she’s very dedicated. Dale (Robertson) has done a lot of coaching with her, a lot of training during the summer months.
“I believe she can go all the way. She’s got the right approach and is very disciplined.
“She works very hard. She can move up to the seniors and I think she can get in the English Elite Squad one day.
“It’s difficult to be so dedicated when you’re studying for your GCSEs and balancing the two at the same time.”
Head coach Robertson added: “Chloe’s lost seven stone in two years, so she’s gone from being seven stone heavier to being national champion.
“Winning a national title just shows that anything is possible. She’s trained very hard for it and I’m very proud.
“Chloe will now move up to four two minute rounds, from three two minute rounds which won’t be a simple move.
“We’ll have to build her up to it because it’s quite a big transition.”
n Eastgate Boxing Club held its first open show of the season at Great Whelnetham Community Centre on Friday night.
Bailey Petrie, Terrence Price, Offie Price and Jimmy Delaney all represented Eastgate on the night and all put in impressive performances.
Eleven-year-old Petrie took on Halstead’s Luke Smee in the first skills bout of the night, before 12-year-old Terrence Price went up against Halstead’s Riley Jones in another skills bout.
Offie Price was next in action in the fourth skills bout of the night and boxed well against Attleborough’s Alfie Ward.
The final Eastgate representative on the night was Delaney, who clinched victory against Halstead’s Josh Lesgrave in the penultimate bout of the evening.
n Eastgate Boxing Club hold training nights for its boxers on Monday and Wednesday nights, with sessions also held on Thursdays and Sundays for those just starting out.
The Thursday sessions run from 6-8pm, while the Sunday sessions are held from 10-11.30am.
All the sessions are held at The Old Gym, Blackthorpe, in Rougham.
The club have been established since 1981 and are looking for new members to join who are aspiring to box.
To find out more information visit the club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eastgateboxing or call head coach Dale Robertson on 07711 121841.