Boxers stay in shape during lockdown
YOUNG boxers from Downend Boxing club have been taking part in video coaching sessions to help them keep in shape during the lockdown.
The club’s members have been forced to train at home since the lockdown made it impossible to hold training sessions at its base in Fishponds.
They have been making films of their training and are being given coaching sessions online as everyone involved in the sport waits to hear when contact training and competition can safely restart.
Seven of the youngsters – 16-year-old Morgan Baber, Elouise Edwards (15), brothers Ethan (16) and Jude (17) Moore, Alexa Smith (14), Jodie Horton (23) and Bailey Phillips (20) – are England talent pathway boxers.
Jodie, who works for Public Health England, is juggling an incredibly busy workload with her training, although she has an advantage as her partner and his twin brother, Jake and Ben Demmery, are professional boxers.
Jude is currently on leave from the Army preparation college in Harrogate due to the lockdown.
Craig Turner from the club said: “The online training continues well, and most of the young people are continuing to engage and are chomping at the bit to get back into the ring.
“England B 0oxing has yet not given any indication as to when that may happen, and of course we are being led totally by them as the sport’s national governing body.
“But the international boxers we have are staying on the boil as best they can, and of course their mental and physical welfare is being monitored at all times.”