Amateur boxers will be swapping wrapping presents for wrapping hands this Christmas at Irlam social club.

Young fighters from all across the countries will come to Irlam for an amateur boxing event put on by Salford City Boxing Academy’s Gary Booth.

Booth, who has put on both professional and amateur boxing shows believes events like this are important for young fighters and stressed the importance of his fighters listening to coaches in order to improve.

“Yeah I’ve got a few good kids here. It’s all about listening, learning and accepting and if they don’t listen they don’t learn.”

Nights like these are not only beneficial to the fighters in terms of experience but they are also key to raise funds for the boxing club that gives the club more opportunities to help the fighters, Booth is hoping to be able to take his fighters on trips.

“It’s important for us because we raise vital funding for the club which enables us to buy some more equipment and it means we can take the children on trips away.

“We’ve been to America, we actually have links to the Mayweather gym [in Las Vegas]. If we get enough money we can go.”

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The majority of Booth’s young fighters are from Salford with a lot coming from the Irlam area so it is a big night for his promising young fighters.

Among those fighting are younger relatives of boxing royalties Ricky Hatton and Tyson Fury.

“We’ve got Ricky Hatton’s son fighting so he will bring a few. We’ve got a Fury fighting, hes boxing one of my boys and that will be a good fight.”

He continued: “All the kids that are fighting have good records. There’s that many kids in the gym at the minute.”

Booth is expecting a crowd of 250 for his amateur show and you can find out about more about the event on twitter @salfordboxing or on his website salfordcityboxingacademy.wordpress.com 

Featured image with permission from @Salfordboxing

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