Duo to be first University of Hertfordshire boxers to fight at BUCS

Boxer Aimee Braithwaite and coach Paul Cook

Boxer Aimee Braithwaite and coach Paul Cook


History is set to be made as boxers from the University of Hertfordshire are in training to compete at the British University Championship (BUCS) for the first time.

Students Aimee Braithwaite (under 48kg) and Mohammed Shohib (under 60kg) are to enter the ring in the championship being held at The Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre, Staffordshire University from February 3-5.

Head coach Paul Cook, formerly of WGC Boxing Club, said: “We have only entered two this year as we believe they can win the categories.

“We have a female boxer, Hollie Jardine, who at 51kg I believe can go on to international level.

“At present she has had four fights and won three.

“She will enter the Haringey Box Cup in June.”

The club is newly formed and is already attracted plenty of members.

Cook said: “I have been running non-contact boxing for the Herts Sports Partnership within the university for the last six-seven years.

“During that time I’ve been asked about starting a club up by various students and then asked Darren Day and Domanique Cook to accompany me.

“The main objective to achieve from the club is to help the university form a club like all other sports in the university.

“So far 67 members have signed up for the year with the club and numbers constantly growing.”

There is a mix of male and female boxers so far, with Cook expecting numbers for both to rise.

“At present there are 15 females taking part and I expect that, like male numbers, to grow with success,” he said.

Sessions are split into beginners, intermediate and boxing team classes.

The club attended its first show in December.

At the event in Chalvedon, Essex, Braithwaite took on an opponent from the hosts club who had had three previous contests.

The university boxer’s first outing was a success as she claimed a techincal knockout in the second round.

Cook added: “We work together as a team along with the university, who have been so helpful in particular Bryn Clark, deputy director of sport, as well as Laura Johnson and her team from the athletic union, I’d like to thank them for their help.”

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