Successful season marked with several prizes

Several Bideford boxers have been recognised for their efforts this season at Bideford ABC's annual awards presentation evening.

Kyle England and Ricky Dymond led the winners, taking the best achievement senior and junior boxer awards respectively.

England has enjoyed a hugely successful year, winning all seven of his fights and crowning his year with the Senior Novice British Championship. The win made history, bringing a senior title to Bideford.

Dymond has also had a fantastic year, winning 10 out of his 13 fights and reaching two national semi-finals in the process. All of his defeats came at the hands of national champions.

Dymond's attitude was praising by the club, with the youngster going to every training session all year and travelling around the country to support his fellow club mates.

As well as that pair, Soane Coysh was picked out as the most improved senior fighter at the club, showing major improvements in the gym, completing a coaching course and winning both of his fights.

Ben Owen was recognised as the most dedicated senior boxer, having worked hard in the gym and stepped up his level of opposition. He also won eight out of 15 fights this year.

In the junior categories, Ryan Gumbley claimed the most improved award while Kye Cook took home the most dedicated award.

Gumbley won five out of eight fights and reached the ABA quarter final in an impressive season, and Cook caught the eye by completing nine fights - at just 11 years old. After losing his first four fights, Cook has improved dramatically and won his two fights on the home shows this year.

On top of the awards, Jack Langford was named the new club captain and the DM scaffolding belt - given for the best fight of the night at the Durrant House Hotel in November- was presented for Ray Penfold v Kristian Sprangle.