Torpoint boxing club welcomes new blood for first time in 30 years
YOUNG boxer-in-waiting Sam Laverty has already one distinction on his record – without yet having laced up his gloves in anger.
Laverty's claim to fame is that he has become newly-re-established Torpoint and Rame Peninsula ABC's first new boxer in 30 years.
The 12-year-old was handed his boxing licence by chairman and coach of the club Mark White, who expects a further 10 Cornish pugilists to be similarly cleared for active service within the next month.
Torpoint and Rame ABC were reopened, after being closed for almost three decades, by Plymouth boxing legend Scott 'Dynamite' Dann almost 12 months' ago.
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Laverty is expected to make his amateur debut on Torpoint and Rame's scheduled open show on Saturday, April 27 at his school, Torpoint Community College.
Inspired mainly by his grandfather Jack's pugilistic past, he will be competing at 49kg and his early forays into fighting will be as a skills boxer.
Stocky and a southpaw who listens to what he is told, and clearly wants to learn was how White described Laverty's character.
"I'd say he was a good prospect, too. He is so keen to progress and impress," said White, who runs Torpoint along with his second in command, Tracy Wheaton and five other coaches.
"Now that he's been passed fit to box, we're expecting another 10 or so boxers to join Sam on our active list over the next few weeks.
"In fact, we hope to have at least one of our other new members competing on a Cornish show shortly."
Laverty admitted he was keen to put what he has learnt in training into practice.
"I can't wait for April, to be honest, I just love boxing and my club. It's a great sport," he said.
"I suppose listening to my grandad and others who have told me about him boxing did inspire me.
"When the club re-opened last year, I didn't need any encouragement to sign up.
"I'm just glad I came through the medical alright. Now I can concentrate on making my debut."