County boxing back on the agenda

Norfolk are broadening their horizons with a match-up against Tyne Tees & Wear this Friday in Newbiggin-by-the-sea. County coach Glen Saffer is leading a 10-strong team to the North East in an effort for the boxers to start building up some valuable experience, against a tough outfit, ahead of the new season.

Norfolk are broadening their horizons with a match-up against Tyne Tees & Wear this Friday in Newbiggin-by-the-sea.

County coach Glen Saffer is leading a 10-strong team to the North East in an effort for the boxers to start building up some valuable experience, against a tough outfit, ahead of the new season.

Juinor ABA semi-finalist Nathan Dale, and team captain, has had to step three kilos to box at 63kg and is looking to make his mark against Matthew Wall, who reached the final of the 63kg category in the junior ABAs this year, and put himself back in the England frame.

“It's been a long while since we last had a representative fixture with Norfolk and it's something that I want to do more often,” said Saffer. “Each boxer will receive a medal and a Norfolk vest and it should be something that boxers in the county strive to achieve.

“There's no doubt that this represents a stiff test for all involved but I'm sure it's a challenge that all the boxers are looking forward to,” he added.

Bill (Norfolk names first): Jay Kirby (Goldstar, King's Lynn - 34kg) v R Groves (Tyne Tees); Lee Kirby (Gold Star - 40kg) v Jake Anderson; Carly Lee (Gold Star - 62kg) v Carly Whealons; Arty Draper (Broadside, Norwich - 50kg) v Daniel Sweet; Danny Goreham (Kingfisher - 51kg) v Alex Harvey; Jordan King (Kingfisher - 51kg) v Lee Scott; Mark Birmingham (Ferry Street - 68kg) v Ian Sparrow; Carl Tansley (Ferry Street) v William Loys; Caine Brunning (Norwich Lads - 60kg) v Ryan Burt; Nathan Dale capt (Kingfisher - 63kg) v Matthew Wall.