It was another action packed night of boxing in Sussex Coast College last night as the fighters from Victory Boxing took to the ring to give a capacity crowd an inspiring display of courage and skill.
And for one man it was a night he has been training for for almost two years, Arron Evans overcame tough opposition in two gruelling and hard-fought battles to claim a Victory Boxing title belt something many in the crowd knew was richly deserved.
After being presented with his title belt Arron said: “That was my fourth and final time doing Victory Boxing, I’ve finally achieved what I set out to do and it feels so good!
“I lost my last two fights but that didn’t stop me I’m no quitter and finally all the hard work has paid off .
“I want to thank Sam Ciftci, Chris Aynehchian, Ian Holloway, John Morris and Ed Lofts it’s been a pleasure being trained by you. Also thanks to Hussain Gh and Luke Cross for giving me one hell of war tonight, they’re both warriors.”
But where there are winners there have to be losers too and for half the fighters the night ended in the disappointment of not winning their match but in the triumph of knowing they had undertaken one of the toughest of challenges.
Writing on his social media shortly after his defeat at the hands of Danny Bell, Elton Johns wrote: “I’m so sorry ladies and gents, I fell short! Nerves, no, hats off to my opponent it was a wicked body shot and I couldn’t recover!
“I want thank everyone I know for the love and support, the place was jumping when I came out – I’ll be back”
And it was a night of triumph too for the red team. Of the ten fighters they fielded they won nine of the fights and coach Chris Aynehchian was a very happy man indeed as he celebrated what he described as a ‘landslide’.
And Victory boxing saw its oldest ever winner crowned when Barry Hodd took on Kevin Miller at 57 and 58 respectively they are two years older than the previous oldest winner and both men knew they had been in a bruising encounter as the fight went the full three rounds.
It was, as always for Victory Boxing events, a sell-out crowd in Sussex Coast College and there was a great cheer went up when Victory Boxing stalwart Andrew Turner overcame a younger opponent, Tony Secord, to record his second win.
Victory Boxing is the brainchild of Ed Lofts of The Fitness Loft in Harrow Lane. His recipe for success is to take a group of men and women, many of whom have no boxing or martial arts experience, and put them through an intensive ten week training programme culminating in them taking part in the gala fight night in front of a audience of more than 700 people.
Ed, who has won six world kickboxing titles in a long martial arts career sees the programme being not just about fighting, it is, he says, about character development and finding levels of mental and physical strength the contenders didn’t know they had.
The full list of winners from last night’s fights are
Rory Quigley beat Kevin Duffield
Andrew Turner beat Tony Secord
Rory Quigley beat Terry Giles
Alex Dooley beat Peter Rosling
Kevin Duffield beat Terry Giles
Barry Hodd beat Kevin Miller
Andy O’Leary beat Jamie Bell
Hannah Johnson beat Michaela Hillbilly
Carl Cornwall beat Josh Carley
Dan Spice beat Gavin Duplock
Hussain Gh beat Arron Evans
Peter Harper beat Sam Broad
Luke Cross beat Hussain Gh
Danny Bell beat Elton Johns
Arron Evans beat Luke Cross
Victory Boxing season seven will start in the autumn.