BIDEFORD Amateur Boxing club is going through a golden era at the moment, with three of its boxers competing at the top of their sport nationally at the weekend.

Ray Penfold and Jack Langford both won through to the national finals of the NACYP championships and Tommy Langford represented England in the GB championships.

All three have been at the club for the past 10 years, training under the guidance of coach Dick Kersey.

Ray Penfold was the first to secure his place in the finals after beating England representive Frankie Smith.

He had lost twice to Smith and was a massive underdog, but was keen to put the records straight. After winning the first round with solid blows, the second was a tactical affair, with both boxers showing great defences. Penfold stepped up his game in the last, picking fast scoring shots to secure the win 9-6.

Jack Langford gave no chances, outboxing his opponent with fast flurries in the first two rounds. His superior fitness and strength showed in the third, forcing a stoppage with several heavy blows.

Tommy Langford was picked to box for England in the GB championships, aiming to put himself in the mix for Olympic qualification.

He had a tough draw in the semi-finals against Anthony Fowler, with little to choose between the two before Fowler came through to win 14-9 and went on to win the tournament.