IN a sports mad city, Bletchley Amateur Boxing Club are hoping to nurture some potential stars of the future, but to do that they first need some help outside of the ring.
Founded by former welterweight big hitter Kevin McCarthy, the fledgling club – not to be confused with the more established MK Victors – hope to one day stage shows of their own, having now been affiliated with the British Amateur Boxing Association.
But currently based at Windmill Hill Golf Centre, that seems like a distant dream until they can secure some more regular funding.
Some of the club’s most talented young fighters often travel to shows in the local area, but their progress is limited without a regular source of income.
Reliant on volunteers, Kevin McCarthy and brother Mark are keen to take the club to the next level, fulfilling their own ambitions in the sport, while offering city youngsters the chance to develop their skills in a safe and responsible environment.
Mark said: “We’re passionate about boxing, it’s our life. We want to give our young guys and girls the chance to fulfil their potential and be able to host our own shows. Kevin is running a half marathon in a few weeks to try and raise some funds for the club.”
Bletchley ABC currently have a few dozen regular fighters taking to the ring up to three times a week, with Monday sessions giving beginners the chance to get involved.
In fact the club recently welcomed their first female boxer, inspired by Team GB Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams to take up the sport.
“We want to welcome ladies along too,” added Mark. “Kevin will be coaching on Monday nights when we take a look at new people.
“We look at the lads who come along on Mondays and if we think they can commit to boxing seriously then we invite them along on Wednesdays and see where it goes. If we got some sort of sponsorship we could do a lot more.”
If you want to get involved with the club you can contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or club secretary Michelle Reading on 07809 724718.