Action-packed two days of bouts for best and bravest amateur boxers competing in Riviera Box Cup

Two-times gold medal Box Cup winner Zakk Turnstill

Two-times gold medal Box Cup winner Zakk Turnstill - Credit: Archant

Torbay Amateur Boxing Club head coach Darrell Asplen takes a look at the first Riviera Box Cup and ahead to another at end of year:

Two-times gold medal Box Cup winner Sonny Reardon

Two-times gold medal Box Cup winner Sonny Reardon - Credit: Archant

After many years of the South West being without their own Box Cup, and having to travel up and down the country, Torbay Boxing Club took the plunge in November and staged the South West's own and very first Box Cup, called the Rivera Box Cup.

This was a massive sucess with the best clubs coming from all over the country, also Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

On Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24, the Riviera Box Cup was held at the Acorn Sports Centre in Torquay.

The best and bravest amateur boxers came from all over England, Ireland and Wales and competed over two days to try and become a Box Cup champion and take home the gold medal.

Sonny and Jed Baker, Torbay ABC medal winners

Sonny and Jed Baker, Torbay ABC medal winners - Credit: Archant

The club with the most medals at the end of the two days would lift the gold cup itself, The O'Hare Trophy.

It was an action-packed two days with clubs from all three nations picking up gold medals.

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Going in to the final day it was between Devonport ABC and Torbay ABC at the top of the leader board - two of South Devon's best and longest-established amateur boxing clubs.

Koby Barnes for Devonport won the opening bout keeping the Plymouth club in contention but they were quickly brushed aside with Torbay picking up five gold medals from six bouts, that added to the two golds they had won earlier in the competition which put Torbay ABC firmly on top with a final winning tally of eight gold medals, three silver and one bronze and The O'Hare Trophy.

Torbay ABC gold and silver medal winners

Torbay ABC gold and silver medal winners - Credit: Archant

Every boxer in this event trained very hard for their chance to become a Riviera Box Cup champion and the quality of the competition was clear for everyone to see. I couldn't be more proud of team Torbay.

The final winners of the competition were:

• Frank Varey, Sharpstyle ABC - best male boxer

• Megan Morris, St Ives ABC - best female boxer

• William Bennett, Torfean Warriors - best international boxer

• Mitchell Asare, White Hart Lane - most outstanding boxer

• Torbay ABC - The Riviera Box Cup winner.

The Rivera Box Cup will be held again this year on November 7 and 8.

We have had numerous clubs already asking to enter this competiton, and as soon as the entry forms are released, we are expecting a massive response.

We have had many messages from clubs expressing how pleased they are that this event will be going ahead again.

As at the moment, with the Covid-19 situation, it is giving them all something to aim for and focus on.

In these very uncertain and sad times, this will give many people, adults and children alike the incentive too still keep fit, stay focused and keep their mental health and wellbeing on an even par, as this is a very worrying time for a lot of people.

We feel this can only put the South West but in particular Torbay, as a town on the map, with many people booking hotels, and using local facilties.