Awards evening celebrates club’s top performers
BIDEFORD Amateur Boxing Club hosted its annual presentation after a very successful season of boxing, which saw its boxers win 63 of their combined 87 contests.
They had three boxers enter British Championships - Ricky Dymond, who reached the semi-finals of the youth championships, Billy Stanbury reached the final of the NACYP championships, losing by split decision and Jack Langford became Bideford’s first ever boxer to reach the senior ABA semi-final.
All three of the boxers were called up for England this year and their progress will be monitored over the coming season.
The club has also made great progress moving into its own gym at Pollyfield. The move has seen the club continue to progress, seen during the first show held at the new gym, when the home fighters won every fight on the bill for the first time in the club’s history.
The new gym has also been used by ex-Bideford amateur Tommy Langford, who is in his second year as a professional and is now nine fights undefeated and he was in attendance at the presentation.
AWARD WINNERS - most improved - junior: RYAN GUMBLEY
After losing a few close fights at the start of the season, he improved to put together a winning streak of three fights in a row.
Gumbley has taken a big step up in the level of opposition he has faced this year, taking on a British finalist and the current Welsh champion. He lost to both, but only by split points decisions.
He has picked up ‘bout of the night’ three times this season at away shows, with his all-action, crowd pleasing style.
Most achieved – junior: RICKY DYMOND
Dymond got called up for a trial with the England youth set-up, and was beaten by the eventual winner in the semi-finals of the British Youth Championships.
He’s boxed some of the best young fighters in Britain, beating the Welsh champion in Bideford at the start of the season and facing Sonny Lee in Wales - who has since been ranked third at the World Youth Championships.
Ricky knocked him down but lost on a contentious split decision. He also finished his season turning over a previous loss against Barnstaple rival Harry Sugars.
Most dedicated – junior: TYLER THAKE
Tyler has turned up to every training session this season, always trying his best, and has taken every fight possible around the country.
Most improved – senior: BILLY STANBURY
Stanbury reached a national final this year and was called up to attend an England youth trial.
He moved to Bideford this year from Combe Martin ABC, and put in a great performance at Bideford College against a much bigger and stronger opponent.
Most achieved – senior: JACK LANGFORD
Jack has recently been called up to train with GB boxing team, having boxed every round to reach the senior ABA semi-finals, where he lost to eventual winner and world bronze medallist Anthony Fowler. He won every other fight he took part in this year.
Most dedicated – senior: GRANT STONE
Stone attended every session this season, and although he lost his first-ever fight, he has continued to work on his weaknesses to improve.
Jack Langford’s scrap with Cambourne’s Dillyn Courtney won this year’s Durrant Belt for the best fight at the Durrant, and Jack will also be club captain next year.