Tudsbury on fire at Moss Side

Paul Zanon
15/12/2015 11:29am

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club were proud to announce the crowning of a new king. All rise for Connor Tudsbury – the new 65kg Class a champion, who fought at the recent National Association of Girls and Boys Clubs Championships (NAGBCs) in Portsmouth on 5 December. Nigel Travis, a man with a glittering amateur boxing career, full-time job as a fireman, father and husband and amateur boxing coach – not to mention occasional actor in Peaky Blinders (!), caught up with Boxing Monthly

“We had three lads in the competition. One of the other lads, Malachi Dixon, got to the pre-quarters and lost against a world finalist. Connor thankfully went through and beat everybody, and won a split decision in the finals. No pun intended, but he was on fire. I’m extremely proud of him. We’re [as a club] all buzzing and absolutely elated by his performance.

“He’s knocked out 12 out of 15 of his opponents, which is incredible as an amateur at 15 years old. He’s got a good future ahead of him. I’d like top make a point of saying how proud I am of all the boxers from Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club, for those who took part, for those who supported us and of course for everyone who trains there and makes the club what it is.”

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club genuinely makes a fundamental different in society. Travis explains that it’s more than just boxing.

“It’s so easy to get dragged into crime in our community with all the negative influences we are surrounded by. If we are able to replace those negatives with positives and allow people to develop physically and mentally via the medium and discipline of boxing, Moss Side can continue to become a better place and create new champions at a number of levels," said Travis.

"Just to clarify – it’s not about fighting. Many of our success stories have been about kids who have come in with inferiority complexes, either down to weight or bullying and we’ve been able to give them the confidence to walk out with their head high. These people may never lace up a pair of gloves in the ring, but they have transcended their fears by adopting our club’s values.”

Congratulations to Connor Tudsbury on a sterling achievement and also to Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club for their impact inside and outside of the ring.