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Moss Side Fire Station’s Boxing Club is celebrating a national championship after a long-serving junior won a prestigious belt.
Conner Tudsbury, 15, won the Class A belt in the under-65kg category at the National Association of Girls and Boys Clubs Championship in Portsmouth at the weekend.
Conner Tudsbury (centre), with Nigel Travis (right) and Kelvyn Travis (left)
Nigel Travis, head coach at the Denhill Road club, hailed Conner’s dedication during his time with the gym.
Nigel said: “Conner has been a member of the gym since we started it eight years ago. He has had some problems at school, but his application to everything that we have given him to do here has been second to none.
“His is a great success story for the gym. The demographics of this area get a rough press and some of our kids have had some tough things to deal with, but when they come here they are given the best values of the fire service, which are respect, discipline and courage.
“If we can make a positive difference to their lives, then it is all worthwhile. There is often not a lot of opportunity around here, but these kids come and give it their all and they learn. Conner’s story is a brilliant case in point. We are very proud of his achievements and those of all our boxers.”
In the quarter-finals Conner defeated the previously unbeaten Yorkshire Champion Donte Dixon, before he beat world number three, European bronze medalist and double national champion Jerry Mongan in the semi-finals. Then in the final he beat last year’s Amateur Boxing Association champion Tony O'Driscoll, from West Ham, in the final.