“Absolutely fantastic “ was the official verdict of Whitby Boxing Club’s second major show, which took place last Friday at Whitby Pavilion.
The club, which has been running for 14 months, gave its members the chance to showcase their skills to a packed house – and organisers could not be happier.
Head coach Stewart Lorains said: “It was absolutely fantastic.
“The town’s behind us and it’s just amazing how it’s all taken off.
“The kids did us proud.
“It was a fantastic night in front of a packed house.”
Ashley Whitefoot was declared the best boxer on the night, while the best Whitby boxer was Jordan Milne.
Stewart predicts another full house at the next show, which is booked for the Pavilion on November 13.
Such is the emergence of the club, it has been a line for some prestigious awards.
In November, news that the club had won the top community sports club accolade at the Scarborough and District Sports Council awards was greeted with huge cheers.
Another gong beckoned just this week for Stewart with a community stalwart nomination at the Borough’s Big Thank You at Scarborough Spa.
The club is now a step nearer moving into a new home at the old St Patrick’s Church building on Whitby’s historic Church Street.
“We’re just waiting for the convervation committee to give us a change of use which should be no problem,” he said.
When the club has moved into its new premises, an open day will be held with a renowned name from the world of boxing lined up to perform the official opening.
The meteoric surge in popularity of the club – which Stewart has likened to going from the fourth division to the Premier League – has been thanks to the support of local businesses and sponsors, says Stewart, especially Bob Stevens at Whitby Lions, as well as Ivor Homer and Mike Scaife, who donated trophies for last Friday night’s show.
He also thanked everyone from the club, which has already seen four of its boxers compete for Yorkshire titles.
Sessions are£1 each and are held every Tuesday and Wednesday 6pm to 7.15pm for nine to 15-year-0olds, followed by the 16 to 40-year-olds and a mixed session on Fridays 6.30pm to 8pm.