What a weekend!
We are happy to announce Zeeshan Ali, Uzair Maqbool and Club Captain Jack Daly have all made it through to the Semi Finals of the National Junior and Senior Development Championships! Zeeshan and Jack both dug deep and won their bouts on the night with Uzair making it through on a bye.
The day was not without drama though, as head coach Umer Ali's car suffered a blown tyre en route to the venue whilst still 30 mins away.
Travelling on the A12, a burst tyre is not ideal. Luckily, and after a struggle, they were able to safely park the car on the roadside and call for assistance.
However, with less than an 1 hour before weigh-in closed, there was a real risk the boys would not make it in time.
Luckily and with massive thanks to Adam Spelling, it was the Lansbury ABC head coach who saved the day as he very kindly drove back from the venue to pick the lads up and they made weight with only minutes to spare.
Following the arrival of roadside assistance, coach Ali arrived at the venue just as Zeeshan touched gloves to commence the bout. Not an ideal situation as their warmup and pre-bout preparations were cut short, but Zeeshan put in a top performance to walk away with the win against a very good opponent.
Another quick dash to retrieve the car and then back in time for Jack Daly to put on another good performance and win.
All in all, a stressful and emotional day, but against all odds we came away with the wins and that's all that matters. Next up: Semi Finals!
If you would like to come and show your support, it will be hosted at the following venue on Saturday 20th October.
Oasis Leisure Centre, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1EP
Weigh-in from 10-12pm, boxing starts at 1pm. Let's go champ(s)!