A recently-formed boxing club has been asked to stage an international event, just six months after opening its doors.
And chairman of Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club, Gary Pattinson, admits the invitation from the Amateur Boxing Association is a ‘real privilege’.
He said: “I have been informed that this is as a result of the overall management of our club, combined with the level of support that the club has received from residents, the various councils and other supporting groups.
“We are working with Tyne Tees & Wear ABA with a view to staging the international at some point this year and details will be announced closer to the time.
“Some of our club’s boxers will be on the under card which will be a fantastic experience for them.”
The club, which officially opened its doors in the summer, is also gearing up to stage its first home show – The King of the Castle Tournament – on April 23, at Alnwick Castle’s Guest Hall.
Organisers are hoping to have 12 bouts on the night and, to celebrate St George’s Day, are aiming to pit local fighters against those from Scotland and Wales.
The club is offering sponsorship opportunities, priced £50 for each fight. This will include a mention in the programme, among other things.
Gary added: “This will be an opportunity for the club’s boxers to show off their development and boxing skills in front of friends and family.”
For details about the club, home show and sponsorship, call Gary on 07738 364349.