Boxing success set to continue for Lowestoft club

PUBLISHED: 14:26 22 October 2010

THEY share the same birthday and hail from the same club surroundings.

And next week, talented teenage boxer Charlie Davison is aiming to emulate her more senior clubmate – Commonwealth Games silver medallist Anthony Ogogo – as she captains the England U17 junior boxing team in the European Championships in France.

Ogogo – who was back in Lowestoft this week, returning to the Triple ABC gym with his club coaches – also captained England in the junior ranks and has gone on to shine on the very biggest stage of all.

And with both boxers intent on representing their country in the 2012 London Olympics, Lowestoft could hit the international boxing map with a quickfire one-two by potentially showcasing competitors from the same club, sharing the same birthday in November, as they battle it out for their country in the same worldwide Olympic spectacle.

“It is quite surreal that they are both born on the same day and they both excel at boxing,” Triple A coach John Cremin said.

Davison, a “tough, awkward southpaw”, has honed her trade boxing with the boys for the past eight years at the club’s St John’s Road headquarters.

“In her age group I really do rate her as being pretty much as good as you can get,” Cremin said. “She punches as hard as any boy, and is really tough, that is for sure.”

Competing in the U57kg class, the teenager heads for a trip on the Eurostar to Calais on Monday, with the boxing starting next Tuesday – and potentially she could fight four times before the final next weekend.

“At the end of the day Charlie is most certainly good enough and fit enough to be there – and the Great Britain head coach Rob McCracken wants her to join the squad when she gets home – so we’re hoping for a 2012 spot for both Charlie and Anthony,” Cremin said.

As for Ogogo, Cremin admitted that the 21-year-old was already back in training after his Indian exertions in the Commonwealths.

“Anthony is already looking forward to the Great Britain tournament, which will be held in Sheffield on the weekend of November 12/13 and will be on BBC television,” he said.

“He is due to face either the Welsh lad or Scottish kid first of all, before a likely match-up with Frank Buglioni, who is Ogogo’s rival for the middleweight spot in the national podium squad.”

And after this, with the World Championships being held in Azerbaijan, there looks set to be further opportunity for Ogogo to shine on the international stage.

“Things are looking really good for the club,” Cremin said.

Reflecting on the Commonwealth Games medal success this week, as the talented British boxers returned to their training base with a haul of medals from the Games in Delhi, Paul Hudson, general manager at the Sheffield International Venues (SIV) managed EIS Sheffield said: “We are delighted for the GB Boxing squad and their impressive medal haul this year in Delhi.

“We know just how much effort and training they put in here at our state-of-the-art facilities and it’s great to see that hard work deservedly come to fruition.”

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