Penrith boxers going for gold at Lord Lonsdale Box Cup
PENRITH Boxers Joe Wilson and Tom Sharkey, who both represent the north west region boxing team and box out of Elite ABC, Penrith, are taking part in this weekend's Lord Lonsdale Amateur Box Cup, to be competed for annually by boxers aged 10 to 18 at Lowther Castle, former home of the earls of Lonsdale.
The event will see up to 300 boxers from as far afield as Scotland and Devon compete to be the new Lord Lonsdale Amateur Box Cup champion. Joe, aged 14, will be boxing in the featherweight category (54 to 57kg) and is expected to be boxing on Friday in the quarter-finals and on Saturday in the semis.
Hopefully, he will win gold as he did in the Hvidovre Box Cup in Denmark last year.
Joe, who has had 16 contests to date, has been training hard for the past three months, covering 30-plus miles a week running with 16-year-old Tom. They are averaging 200 sit-ups every session, 200 press-ups, sparring and boxing, and the competition will be a great way for them to end the season.
Tom, who has had 25 contests to date, is boxing in the light welterweight category (60-63kg). He has started to cut his weight down from 66kg and has lost about 3kg in the past four weeks.
He represented the north west region and took on the lightweight international and Irish champion in November, being beaten by only a split decision.
Joe, who boxed in the north west regional final this year, was also pipped to the post by a split decision, but his coaches were convinced he had won the contest.
Joining them at the box cup will be 12-year-old Carmen Holland who will be taking part as the first female from Penrith to compete in a box cup, and also Hayden Witterick, also aged 12.
They Penrith boxers are sponsored by the General Wolfe pub and Wittwoo Photography, who have donated kit for all four.
Spectators tickets are available for the weekend on-line at Eventbrite or the Lord Lonsdale Amateur Box Cup Website.
The event is set to be annual, so whoever win this year will come back and defend their title next year within a 7kg category to claim their prize, the amateur Lonsdale belt.
The coaches at the club are very happy with Joe, Tom, Carmen and Hayden’s performances to date.
"They are doing very well and they are hoping they can bring two golds back home locally to the club in Penrith, who are organising the whole event," said a spokesman.