Mansfield-based amateur boxer Joe Wright last week set off for life in his new career in the Royal Marines, writes David Statham.
Joe has been completing intense training at Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club at Station Yard to get into the peak physical condition needed for life in the Marines.
As a recruit, initially stationed at the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, which is the Marines’ principal training centre, Joe will enjoy the training which is known as the longest and most arduous new entry infantry training programme in NATO. The former Ashfield School pupil said he was looking forward to the new challenge and said he plans to continue his boxing.
Said Joe: “Hopefully I can have a full career in the Marines as a boxer, travel places with them and represent them as an amateur. And eventually I would like to turn professional.”
He added: “Being a boxer has taught me to be dedicated, have respect and discipline.
“I want to thank Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club for that an , in particular, head coach Richard Wheldon, who has helped me prepare for my new career.
“There’s a great atmosphere at the gym, we’re all good friends and it’s a close-knit group, and also there’s lots of good quality boxers and all have different styles, so you’re guaranteed good sparring.
“I think the club will do really well in the future and, with Richard’s knowledge and his coaching style, and with his past experience of being an amateur boxer himself, I think he can take some of the lads far.”
Kirkby ABC offer free training to Under 16s who wish to learn the basics of boxing and would perhaps one day wish to compete. For more information contact Richard on 07968 369342 or find Kirkby-in-Ashfield Amateur Boxing Club on Facebook.