THE doors to Lifford’s first ever boxing club have opened and so far things are going “brilliantly”.
Founded by Ballindrait man, Dennis Lafferty, the club is based at his Absolute Fitness gym, which is situated on Main Street in the town, and already he has around 25 aspiring young pugilists attending twice-weekly training sessions.
Although the club is still in it’s early days, Lafferty is delighted by the response so far.
“It’s going brilliantly so far,” he beamed.
“I’ve always been doing the kids classes in my gym, but there was never any sparring or anything like that but now I’ve got a boxing ring so they can do that.
“All the wee fellas I’ve been training have got a bit of skills learned already, which is a good wee start for them.”
With the current boxing season reaching a climax on the Championship front, Dennis is firmly focused on September and the new campaign when he hopes to have several fighters to take their first steps into the ring in anger.
Until then, he hopes to set up sparring dates with other clubs in the area to get his young boxers conditioned for what lies ahead.
“The immediate plan is to teach the youngsters the skills of the sport, get them to do a wee bit of sparring and get them ready for the new boxing season in September,” explained the 28-year-old.
“I’d like to get some sparring with other clubs in the area to give the kids a bit more experience. I’ve been talking with Raphoe and the Letterkenny club already and I have quite a few lads, about eight, who would be ready to step into the ring.”
Dennis, who had around 80 amateur fights for Raphoe Boxing Club, reaching three Ulster Senior finals and graced rings in America and other countries, is hoping to add to his coaching staff in the near future, too.
“It’s just me coaching at the minute, but I’ve a couple of other lads who I’ll be bringing on board once they’ve got their course done,” he added.
“They will be doing their one star coaching course, which is the first step on the ladder, and their child protection – it’s a big thing, a big commitment when you ask someone to come and help.”
At present, club nights for juniors (aged 8 years up) are on a Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30pm.
Dennis hopes to start adult classes in the near future and advises anyone interested to keep an eye on the club’s Facebook page.
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