The future of boxing in Littleport looks bleak – unless a reasonably priced venue can be found!
Potential boxing and kickboxing champions are in training with the East Anglia Kickboxing and Boxing Club that has been based at Littleport Leisure Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Under the experienced eyes of trainers Paddy Paddock, and past champion Mark Johnson, boys, and even girls, have come in to the sessions at £4 for under 16’s (£5 adults) and learned new skills and have tried out their combative strength in a supportive and friendly environment.
Over the 14 years they’ve been going, many fighters have found success, and the latest hopeful is 15-year-old Kyron Humphries, 6’1” tall, and weighing in at 65 Kilos.
Under the auspices of the Canterbury Round Table and Kent Boxing Organisation, he fought at a ‘White Collar’ fund-raising dinner aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK and other charities.
Kyron is now with the Left Hook Boxing Club in London preparing for what could well prove to be a famous future that he will owe to Littleport’s dedicated duo, Mark and Paddy.
Paddy says, “We’ve been told that the new Leisure Centre venue will cost much more than we pay now. We run three nights a week, Mondays and Wednesdays for adults, and a children’s club is run on Thursdays from 6 pm 7.30 pm. We have attracted over 25 to 30 kids and our adults. We have promoted ourselves constantly on Facebook, in the papers and we put shows on here as well. We don’t do this for a wage, we do it for love of the sport. And any shortfall is funded by us. Adults pay £5 per session and the children pay £4.