> Richard Hill reports on the boxing teams preperations for the upcoming English University Championships.

With the first round of this year’s hotly anticipated English University Championships taking place in Portsmouth over the 4/5th December, University Boxing clubs all over the country are making their final preparations and UWE certainly is no different.

With hours spent in the gym working on technique and sparring, plus miles of running and sprints done in the unending quest for ring fitness and the pursuit of the slim margin between that can decide victory or defeat, England’s collegiate boxers are drawing breathe for a final push in the gym before the tournament opens and all are put to the test inside the square ring.

The Championships provide an excellent chance for novice boxers to make their ring debuts and the squad as a whole to build on its tournament experience and measure themselves against other clubs, with all eyes looking to the BUCS tournament in March and the glory of gold, and points for their Universities at stake. Expectations are high and all will want to the taste of success to carry through the Christmas holiday.

The UWE boxing club has submitted its strongest team for several years, and with a good mixture of debutants and more experienced boxers is looking to build open last year’s excellent gold medal from the sadly missed Welterweight Liam Horgan.

Featherweight: Marvin Magusara

Lightweight: Sam Ford

Welterweight: Demian Attwell

Light-Middleweight: Sean Heveran

Middleweight: Joe Hobbs

Light-heavyweight: Charlie Eddlestone-Haynes

Heavyweight: Hasthin Gateru

With excellent help and support from the SU and CfS combined with a strong corner team, and a growing body of the knowledge and experience confidence and expectation is high in the camp.

Richard Hill