THERE will be plenty of local boxing talent on display at Bideford Pannier Market on Saturday night as Bideford ABC hosts the Western Counties Championships. Boxing is definitely on the up in North Devon, with new clubs springing up to join those already

THERE will be plenty of local boxing talent on display at Bideford Pannier Market on Saturday night as Bideford ABC hosts the Western Counties Championships.Boxing is definitely on the up in North Devon, with new clubs springing up to join those already well-established in the region.In addition to the championship matches, the Bideford club will have boxers featuring in nearly all the supporting bouts and there will be boxers from surrounding towns, including Barnstaple and Torrington, on the bill, too.It was hoped that boxers now in training with the South Molton and Ilfracombe clubs would also be appearing at local shows in the future, said the Bideford club's new president Dick Brownson.After retiring from the professional game, Mr Brownson looked after the Western Counties area as a steward and was a director of the British Boxing Board of Control. He is also a former president of Barnstaple ABC.