Knottingley’s SYD Ringside were invited to attend the prestigious Hull Box Cup, Yorkshire’s first-ever, which involved clubs from Scotland and Ireland as well as the two famous London clubs of Repton and West Ham.
The tournament was held over three days, which meant to win gold boxers could have to fight on all three.
First up for SYD was Billy Baker, who as a Leeds fan was pleased to beat a notable West Ham opponent in his first contest before going on to win two more bouts against strong lads to win the gold. He has now won his last eight fights.
Next up was Josh Whittaker who, had to rise to the occasion as his opponents were all of a high standard. Josh boxed with so much class, winning easily on Friday and again in Sunday’s final, that he achieved the honour of best schoolboy boxer of the tournament as well as his gold medal.
Kurt Jackson, of Carleton High, national silver medalist in the ABA schoolboy tournament, came out with all his usual class to beat a local Hull lad, who was heavier. But he was unlucky to be beaten in the final on a 2-1 split decision and had to settle for a silver medal.
Billy Gibson, a new boxer to SYD, looks to have a bright future with the club and boxed well against a strong foe. He was relentless in his attacks and almost stopped his opponent with a big shot at the end only to see the result go the other way.
Casey Ponsonby had a difficult draw, pitching his talents against quality boys. He won his first of three fights with ease against a larger and stronger boy.
A day later saw a change in class when he was matched against the West Ham champ, but the same result as Casey put in extra effort to join his mates in the final, destroying his opponent in the last round mainly due to his fitness and passion to win.
It was the same story in the final when Casey produced one of his best fights ever to beat Dillon Templeman, who he lost to last year, to take gold.
SYD won three gold medals and one silver, the best performance of a Yorkshire team, and were unlucky not to win best overall club. The coaching team of Steve Heale, Pedro Carragher and Ian Whittaker were proud of the squad performance with the fitness levels evident in the lads’ individual displays as well the results, winning nine of their 11 bouts over the weekend.