Boxing club honour founder with fundraising show

PUBLISHED: 10:19 13 October 2012

Louis Calvert (left), nephew of founder Martin who passed away recently, in action against C Lawrence (Pictures by Jay Weaver)

Louis Calvert (left), nephew of founder Martin who passed away recently, in action against C Lawrence (Pictures by Jay Weaver)

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AN emotional evening was mixed with some fine ring action as Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club held a special home show at Stanborough School.

The event was in tribute to club founder and coach Martin Calvert, who passed away recently.

Over 500 people turned up to show their support for the home fighters, as well as honour the memory of the hugely popular Calvert.

There were three skills bouts involving WGC boxers, and then another 10 junior/senior contests featuring home pugilists.

It was an emotional night for Louis Calvert, nephew of the late Martin, who fought Academy Luton boxer C Lawrence.

Although Louis fell to a majority defeat, it was a spirited display on an emotional night for him personally.

WGC won six of the 10 contested bouts, with the other four all lost on majority decisions (see results below).

Coaches Harry Carrick and Russell Kane said: “We would like to thank all clubs and officials attending, especially St Marys ABC and Golden Ring coming all the way with only one bout each.

“We also thank St Marys and Billericay for their donation to the Martin Calvert Fund, Bob Williams who had a brilliant night as Master of Ceremonies and did it all free of charge, Stuart Punch from Tottenham and Enfield who donated all the trophies for all 18 bouts and best boxer trophy.

“Thanks also go to the professionals present: Tony Conquest, Mitchell Smith [ex-WGC], Jason Rowland and Miles Shinkwin, who all came to pay their respects to Martin and hand out trophies.

“A mention also goes to Jay Weaver for doing all photos and films.”

Carrick added: “This will be an annual event and it’s been a pleasure to work with such nice people in boxing. It was a very competitive evening of boxing so well done to all boxers.”

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