Two boxers from City College Brighton and Hoveís AASE Boxing Academy have recently been crowned regional champions at the Development Championships Southern Counties finals in Southampton. Joshua Pyle (competing for Brighton & Hove Amateur Boxing Club) and Liam Forrest (competing for Moulsecoomb Amateur Boxing Club) now progress to the national quarter finals as association champions.
Joshua (16) was up against the short and powerful Thomas McDonagh from the Southamptonís Golden Ring Boxing Club. This was a close affair with both boxers giving little ground and McDonagh seeming to take the first round. Joshua pulled it back and began to find some room to land some straighter shots. With his opponent leaning on too much and thus not scoring, Joshua was able to take a tight decision.
Joshua Pyle, Adam Haniver & Liam Forrest
In his Class B encounter versus Omid Raouf of Kent University, Liam (18) was able to use his aggression and excellent punch selection to take the title. Liam lost the first round as he stood off too much, allowing his opponent to counter. As the bout progressed, however, Liam was able to catch Raouf with some eye-catching left hooks and was able to force his opponent back, taking a split decision.
While continuing to train at their respective clubs, City Collegeís AASE offers young boxers the opportunity to acquire a Level 3 BTEC in Sport and a Level 3 in Excellence in Sporting Performance while training each day with other aspiring boxers in a high performance centre. City Collegeís Boxing Coach Adam Haniver says: 'Weíve worked with Liam for a year now and he will go on to truly great things. His attitude and application is faultless. He works hard on all aspects of his boxing and academics. Joshua has just joined the Academy this year and already I can see that he listens and has the right approach to learning and development. I'm looking forward to seeing how he progresses.'
Liam says: 'Since Iíve been at the Academy, Iíve improved mentally and physically and Iím also managing my nutrition and my training routines much better. Generally, I just feel more motivated to train and box.'
Joshua says: 'Being at the Academy has improved me a lot physically because Iím learning more about technical boxing. Mentally, Iím learning how to manage myself and understand why Iím doing things rather than just doing them. Adam takes a personal approach to all the boxers rather than just having a specific style that he uses with everyone and he takes time to understand what makes each of the boxers tick.'
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