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AASE Academy Amateur Boxing Bouts

8 June 2017

The MET's England Boxing's AASE Academy held eight top flight amateur boxing bouts at the East Campus on Friday 26 May, and what a night it was!

Hundreds of students, staff and boxing fans turned up in their droves to see not just an offering of local boxing talent, but to support two of the AASE boxers - George Filkins and Liam Forrest.

Out of the ring for a year, George (the first year Sport and AASE student) represented his club Hastings Westhill against the tough and rangy Caine Chapman from the well-regarded Golden Ring club, Southampton. George started well, pushing in to short to mid-range to score with attacks to the head and body. As the bout progressed across the scheduled four rounds, his Hampshire opponent was able to hold the centre and score well with the backhand and occasional attack to the body. George bit down on his gumshield and dug in. With signs of ring rust but also of great determination, Chapman came away with the unanimous decision.

We were all delighted with George's heart and commitment. When the chips were down he pushed through and applied himself. George is a great boxer with a bright future and is an excellent student - his approach to learning and the respect he gives and receives is a testimony to his character.

Next up, was the college's Liam 'The Beast' Forrest representing his club Moulsecoomb amateur boxing club. Always the crowd favourite wherever he boxes, Liam stepped on the pedal from the start, setting a frantic pace. His opponent, Scott Gibson of Chadwell St. Mary's, Essex, gave no ground, both trading hooks and uppercuts at mid to close range.

Rounds one and two were nip and tuck as no one backed down to the challenge. As the 3rd round developed, Liam was able to find another gear, pushing his opponent back with some eye-catching blows. Come the final bell it was close, but the Beast's hand was raised in another unanimous decision. A fantastically entertaining bout with two excellent boxers. Watch out for both Liam and Gibson in the future!

We would like to thank all the fans, boxers, coaches, families, friends and officials for attending. This gives us a fantastic base to offer more live boxing shows next year at the College to entertain and showcase how hard our boxers work in partnership with their academics and their clubs.

And finally, thank you to all the departments who helped make the evening such a great success. It's brilliant to see how the departments all pull together to create fantastic experiences for the students.

Watch this space!
Adam Haniver
A.A.S.E Boxing Coach Brighton MET