BOXING: Newly-sponsored Grantham ABC ‘strong as it’s ever been’

Head coach Dean Fardell and some Grantham Amateur Boxing Club members.
Head coach Dean Fardell and some Grantham Amateur Boxing Club members.

Grantham Amateur Boxing Club has received considerable interest from newcomers of late as it continues to thrive.

Club head coach Dean Fardell says he has had a lot of interested parties enquiring about boxing, for youngsters in particular.

Dean said that Grantham ABC is the only club in town that is still affiliated with the ABA. The club accepts youngsters from the age of nine and they are able to compete under ABA rules from 10 years old.

He said: “We have had a lot of people ring up, wanting to bring kids to boxing.”

Despite the clamour of new interest and the long-established club’s successes, Dean said he has also had people call him up to enquire whether the club is still on the go.

Dean said: “There’s a rumour going around that we are closing. We are not. We are open four nights a week and the boxing club is as strong as it’s ever been. Things are looking good.”

He also told the Journal that the club now has two new sponsors on board who have provided kit – Traynors Motorstore vehicle salvage dealers of Grantham, and Boston-based Dot Metals.

Fifty-three-year-old Dean said he has been with the boxing club for more than 35 years. Despite his overwhelming enthusiasm and his deep-rooted love for the sport and the town’s club, Dean said the time may come in several years’ time when he might step down.

He said: “The club will need a successor. I’ve been there since 1979 or ’80 and took it over with a couple of overs in ’96.”

He said one of the club’s biggest problems is finding a suitable venue for its boxing shows, the next one of which is scheduled to take place in March at The Meres leisure centre.

If Dean does ever hang up his pads, the club is sure to be in good hands and currently has five coaches, the latest of whom is Duncan Bateson.

Dean said: “Duncan has retired from the Army. He is a former England amateur novice middleweight champion and has come to coach for us.”

l Grantham ABA is based in Gas Works Lane (NG31 6QL). For more information call head coach Dean Fardell on 01476 568657 or email dean.fardell@ntlworld.com