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BOXING: Grantham club’s latest prospect makes flying start

Brandan Brinkman. Photo: Dean Fardell
Brandan Brinkman. Photo: Dean Fardell

Grantham Boxing Club’s latest prospect made the perfect start to his career, with a win in his first bout.

Club head coach Dean Fardell believes Brandan ‘Brad’ Brinkman is the real deal and thinks he has the capability to go far in the sport.

Sixteen-year-old Boston lad Brad has been training on and off at Dean’s Gas Works Lane gym for around 18 months, following his transition from the world of football – at which he is apparently also a bit of a dab hand.

Fighting in the 59kg weight category, Brad’s first contest was at Grimsby ABC where he took on the home town’s Kieran Forster, who was also making his competitive debut in the ring.

The pair got off to a bit of a nervy start in the first round, although Brad put in some useful jabs.

The second round saw him up his workrate and really start to dominate the bout, forcing his opponent to take a standing eight count.

Brad continued to have the upper hand in the third and final round, and he claimed victory by verdict of a unanimous decision.

The partisan Grimsby crowd did not give the victor much of a cheer, but Dean said he had told Brad to expect that. However, Dean said he had never before known so many people to pay him compliments on one of his boxers after a fight. Dean said: “Brad was leaps and bounds ahead of him [Forster], not even the same class. He’s a special lad, he’s just got style, and he listens and learns.

“He’s just one of those lads, I hope he carries on. He seems dedicated enough and he’s got the right attitude. He has a lovely style.

“Brad’s just a nice lad, laid back. I hope he can progress further at it, the future could be very bright for him.”

Boxing fans will have a chance to check Brad out at Grantham Boxing Club’s show at The Meres leisure centre on Saturday, February 20, when he will be one of four of Dean’s charges taking to the ring.

Amongst the action will be the club’s Notts and Lincs Challenge middleweight champion Nathan Wallace, and the event will also feature the East Midlands Junior Championship.


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