Bright new era for boxing club

113801-3899 BOXING CLUB (SPORT) MRW  24/10/2011''// all pix taken at The Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club at Mill Lane Titchfield on one of their many training evenings MRW // ''Boxer Ben Iles takes on Boxing Coach Tim Henderson wearing the 'pads' '''Pictures: Malcolm Wells (113801-3899)
113801-3899 BOXING CLUB (SPORT) MRW 24/10/2011''// all pix taken at The Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club at Mill Lane Titchfield on one of their many training evenings MRW // ''Boxer Ben Iles takes on Boxing Coach Tim Henderson wearing the 'pads' '''Pictures: Malcolm Wells (113801-3899)
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The future of one of the area’s most prestigious and respected boxing clubs has been safeguarded.

And now Titchfield ABC are looking to the next generation of emerging talent as they move in to a bright new era.

The long-running outfit are now in the process of expanding their set-up in an effort to continue their growth.

That means their current base at Mill Lane is in line for a complete overhaul.

The aim is for the club to be able to offer a range of classes for young fitness and boxing enthusiasts.

A focus will also be placed on a new junior set-up, introducing boxers to the sport on a non-contact basis.

And the hope is that will help develop the quality which enabled Titchfield to produce some of the most skilled fighters the area has ever seen.

The early 1980s saw the club develop national champions aplenty, along with Euro gold medallist and World Championship competitor Joey Peters.

He was just one of a burgeoning group of boxers developed at the club.

Now Hampshire official and Titchfield coach Lou Stamp believes an exciting future lies ahead for the outfit.

He said: ‘We’re looking to grow and push the club forward.

‘We’re hoping to start the extension in the next three months and we are trying our best to raise money for it.

‘We obviously need to do a lot of fundraising to make that happen.

‘We’ve got a membership now of 40-plus people, ranging from eight-year-olds up to 35.

‘We’ve always played a big part in the community and we are tight-knit club.

‘We have the children of the people who once boxed for us coming through now.

‘There is a lot of respect for us in the area, and we have good coaches here.

‘In the early 80s we had a real glory period. Now we are looking to have a bright future.’

As well as his involvement with Titchfield, Stamp has been a driving force behind the return of the Hampshire boxing squad.

He has been encouraged by its progress and the popularity since it was reformed.

Stamp believes an exciting period also lies ahead for the county team.

He said: ‘The Hampshire training squad is also buoyant.

‘We had 60 attend a squad get-together recently.

‘Darren Blair and Tim Henderson are doing a good job there.

‘We can’t accommodate everyone, there are so many people involved.

‘Everyone wants to win their county vest and that’s a good thing.

‘We had four county matches last year and we hope to have more this season.’

For more details about Titchfield ABC and to get involved with the club, visit titchfieldboxingclub.co.uk