Braid ABC announces dates for local shows

BRAID ABC have announced plans to host two fight nights that should thrill local boxing fans.

Friday 19th March (7.30pm) will see Braid host their annual charity show at the club gym on the Crebilly Road.

Playing host to their team of mini and junior boxers the show will be an excellent opportunity for parents and young boxing enthusiasts to see the wealth of talent coming through the club.

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“The 'open night' format will allow the Ballymena community to come along and have a look at what the club is all about,” aid Braid head coach John McLeister.

Our team of mini boxers are aged between 9-11 and to cap this off we will showcase a few of our junior team, some of whom are among the top young boxers in the province and have already made their name in the sport. Topping the bill will be the Bradshaw Brothers recent double champions and Jimmy Fleck recent Ulster champion.

“We would encourage youth groups, church groups, BB and scout troops to come along as it is an fun night of sporting excellence and a night where the audience provides the atmosphere. Tea and refreshments will be available for everyone after the show which will allow everyone to see the club and talk to boxers and coaches.

“Our club recently won the sport in the community sports award mainly due to our continued community and charitable work. We encourage children and young people of all backgrounds to train together and fight alongside each other, we have done this with huge success and together they make our charity events a success.

“This year the club charity is the Big bus screening unit. We decided to support this cause as it will allow the local community to come along free of charge to gain essential screening against cancer,” added John.

Admission cost for the charity show is only 3 for adults, payable on the night, and children under 12 are fee but must be accompanied by an adult.

The club has also announced details of their annual fund-raising show which is to be staged at Leighinmohr House Hotel on Saturday, April 25, following the success of last year's show at the same venue.

John explains: “This year the bill will once again host two charity bouts featuring four blue collar boxers, these young men local working men will be training for the next few months and will endeavour to box for charity.

“Braid ABC will have a full line up of boxers competing against a host of Irish and Ulster champions.

“It is hoped there will be 15 bouts made up of Braid's top boxers, among them the Richmond brothers, Anthony O'Rawe, Nicholas McIlroy, Geoff Lynn and the latest club champions Declan McKernan and Glen Timperly.

“Last year the tickets for our show sold out within weeks so it is advised that anyone interested acts quickly. The tickets are keenly priced at 10 pounds each,” added John.

Anyone seeking tickets or details regarding any of the two shows can do so by calling John on 0751285998 or 07875939654.