Young Farmers prepare for ‘white collar’ boxing event

All Saints Boxing Club coach Kevin Gribben with members of various local Young Farmers Club at a recent training session for the forthcoming YFC novice fight night. INBT04-221AC
All Saints Boxing Club coach Kevin Gribben with members of various local Young Farmers Club at a recent training session for the forthcoming YFC novice fight night. INBT04-221AC

It’s almost seconds out for another exciting boxing initiative in Ballymena!

The local All Saints club is currently training would-be boxers for the latest variation on the theme of ‘whie collar’ boxing nights.

But while previous similar functions in Ballymena have included people from all manner of backgrounds, this one is focused primarily on members of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

The concept sees novies go through a rigorous training regime in order to ensure they are fully prepared to step into the boxing ring.

Members of various clubs throughout County Antrim are curently being put through their paces ahead of the inaugural tournament, which will be staged at Tullyglass House Hotel in March.

These hardy swashbuckling farmers swap punches with each other, clubs from all over the county, taking part to raise monies for different charities and good causes.

A number of the petitie ladies will also be donning the gloves for the first time all under watchful eye of the All Saints Boxing club trainers.

Spokesman for the club Malachy McKernan said: “These fine athletes have been sweating it out for a number of weeks in the All Saints gym, under the watchful eyes of coaches, Benny Dunne and TJ Hamill.

“The way they have knuckled down to this disciplined scheduled is amazing. They are a credit to the Young Farmers Clubs they represent,” added Malachy.

Updates will be published in the coming weeks editions, but in the meantime, it’s off with the wellie boots and on with the boxing boots!