A new club is set to boost the thriving boxing scene in the city.
The Ted Harris Boxing Academy has been formed and is hoping to follow in the footsteps of a host of other successful outfits across the area.
The new club is named after the respected trainer who has developed countless talents in his time in the sport.
The club’s coaches and boxers suggested using Harris’ name in recognition of his dedication to the noble art.
Harris admitted being humbled by the suggestion and is now determined to make the outfit – which will be based in Buckland – a success.
He said: ‘It’s a new start and we’re moving forward.
‘We’re looking forward to the new season and getting things up and running.
‘We’ve come to a part of town with a great catchment area for drawing in boxers.
‘We have good facilities here and will be able to hold shows.
‘The facilities are good enough to hold championship rounds of competitions, too.
‘It was a great honour for the club to be named after me.
‘It was due to the coaches and boys wanting to give me recognition for all the years I have put in.’
Harris had been operating out of Moneyfields in Copnor until recently.
But the new club will be based at Buckland Community Centre and he will be joined by a strong coaching set-up at his new home.
Graham Thomson will link up with Harris, along with James Stringer, Kelvin Telford and Dave Scammell.
A healthy number of boxers are already involved with the Academy, but Harris is confident the club will show quick growth.
He said: ‘We have one of our coaches involved in the local school.
‘We have had quite a few lads already asking about joining us for training.
‘With the children going back to school, things will start picking up.’
The Ted Harris Boxing Academy trains Tuesday and Thursday at the Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. The sessions run from 7.30-9.30pm.