BOXING: CLEARYS fighter Ricky Atwal is hoping to see a strong crowd witness the club’s upcoming night of boxing against the British Army Elite.
The Leamington-based fighter will be one of a handful of Clearys stars entering the ring a week on Saturday at the Real Tennis Centre in the town centre.
Atwal will be joined by Danny Quartermaine, Lewis Williams, Jacob Finch, and others at Clearys’ latest show, and he admits watching the club’s young talent box in the ring gives him the inspiration needed to continue training six times a week.
Speaking to Observer sports editor Shaun Reynolds, Atwal said his passion for boxing started ten years ago – when Clearys first started.
He added: “Boxing has been a part of my life for a long time.
“I live five minutes up the road from Clearys so it’s not difficult to get to training.
“Watching the youngsters train does inspire me and makes me want to continue.
“If I’m not boxing I’m coaching and Edwin has been a big help to me, I’m very greatful.
“Boxing is a sport unlike others. Traditionally you don’t see fighters in their 40s or 50s.
“But I feel like my future in the sport is secure after a retire as the coaching element comes into play.
“The bottom line with boxing is you’re giving something back. To work with the next generation is nice, it’s the same up and down the country.”
Unlike others, Atwal will remain focused on his own performance until fight night and leave the assessment of his opponent down to one of Clearys’ several qualified coaches.
“I don’t know too many details about my opponent but what I do know is I’ll be in for a tough contest,” said Atwal.
“The British Army Elite says it all, they’ll be fit and tough to break down.
“I won’t be asking too many questions before the fight. Hopefully we’ll see a big crowd and get plenty of people cheering both teams on.
“Anyone who turns up on the night will be supporting boxing.”
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