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Avalon ABC to host first amateur boxing show in a decade at Glastonbury

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: September 29, 2012

Avalon Amateur Boxing Club members get ready for their upcoming show alongside sponsor Rob Durston (far right)

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Glastonbury's Avalon ABC are preparing to host their first show in more than a decade.

The event will be held at Glastonbury Town Hall on Friday, November 30, with doors opening at 7pm, and features several of the club's up-and-coming fighters.

The show will be the first they have hosted since the mid-1990s, when Avalon held regular events at the Town Hall and the Wessex Hotel in Street.

Back then, the club were very active and staged a number of events each year, while many Avalon fighters were prominent at regional and national level, with their success largely attributed to head coach Mark Pople.

The club has continued to offer regular training sessions during the last decade but its involvement in competitive boxing has reduced.

November's show is an opportunity for Avalon to demonstrate how its fighters have progressed from recreational to competitive level, though, with those who are ready to fight set to be matched against members of other local clubs.

"We have good links with other local clubs in the area and it is a chance for the boxers to fight in front of their family and friends," said club coach Dave Willis.

"The last three to four years has seen the club build on the earlier success of Mark Pople. We now have four accredited coaches and an established committee which has representation and good links with the local police, secondary schools and Glastonbury Town Council."

The club has also seen an increase in interest to take up the sport since the London Olympics, where Great Britain were the leading boxing nation after winning five medals.

Avalon holds training sessions for both junior and senior boxers. It currently offers training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-8.30pm for anyone over the age of 16. Junior boxers aged between nine and 15 can train on Mondays and Fridays from 6-7pm.

Anyone interested in training is welcome to join but should contact the club in advance to see whether spaces are available.

Everyone involved with the club will be working hard to ensure November's show is a success, and a number of local people and businesses have come forward to sponsor contests on the evening.

All proceeds raised will support the club, with the hope of more shows being held in the future.

Tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting club coaches Joe Degregorio on 07855 393101 or Dave Deane on 01458 832268. Entry costs £10, and £5 for under-18s, who must be accompanied by an adult.

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