Falmouth and Penryn Amateur Boxing Club hosted a highly successful boxing show last weekend.

The event, which was held at the Dracaena Centre, featured 21 bouts, with 11 representatives from the Falmouth club in action throughout the evening.

Their opponents came from 14 different boxing clubs, with a mixture of local opposition in the form of Truro and St Austell, plus some from further afield such as Yeovil, Poole and Aston.

Coach Chris Martin said: “It’s a great opportunity for all the youngsters to step in the ring and see what it’s like to box, hopefully they’ll go further and stick with the club and become junior boxers then go to senior level. It’s a good night, we’ve had 21 bouts altogether and hopefully it’s going to be a really good night.

“We’ve got clubs from Birmingham, Gloucester, Bristol, Poole, Torbay so clubs from all over the country that are taking part so it’s really good.”

Coach Danny Cole was keen to highlight the positive impact that boxing can have on peoples’ state of mind, as well as the obvious fitness benefits of the sport.

He said: “A lot of them had their first bouts tonight, from the juniors right through to the seniors. It gives them confidence, it keeps them fit, it keeps them off the streets and causing trouble.

“We’ve won 90% of our bouts this season which is good, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication but we get there in the end and it’s brilliant.”

Danny hopes that the event’s success can allow the club to move on to bigger and better things.

“We could do with a bigger venue, but we need a permanent premises, so if anyone out there can help us then get in contact,” he said.

“We’ve got 11 boxers tonight, we did have 12 but one is injured, and next season we’re looking to have 14 or 15 that compete so we’re looking to grow and get a bigger premises so we can train more than once a week and improve quicker.”