Folan is star of the show as Pat Benson Boxing Academy closes year with championship double

New champion Cianan Folan, left, celebrating his title success with his grandfather Tommy Folan, centre and Club life president Pat Benson, right

New champion Cianan Folan, left, celebrating his title success with his grandfather Tommy Folan, centre and Club life president Pat Benson, right – Pictures courtesy of Ian Clinch

One of Birmingham’s most illustrious boxing clubs, Pat Benson Boxing Academy, in Digbeth’s Irish quarter, brought down the curtain on a successful 2015 by celebrating a championship double, with two of it’s most successful young pugilists competing for prestigious titles.

Head coach and team manager Paddy Benson said, ‘On Friday December 4th, we staged our final home tournament of 2015 at the Irish Centre, Birmingham, with Cianan Folan boxing great, winning the CEB Central Welterweight title, outpointing Worcester’s Grant Attwood, an older, more experienced opponent. The bout was an absolute cracker, ebbing and flowing, with Cianan’s superior boxing skills paying dividends in the end. It pulled the house down and the crowd loved it. He will now compete in the full national Youth championships on January 17th 2016.’

On the same show, there were impressive wins for Folan’s cousin Peter Reilly, as well as Tafary Rouse, Leon Norman and Kealan McColgan. Paddy remarked, ‘the show started a little slow, with our younger boxers failing to perform, and we endured a couple of opening losses, but that’s boxing for you, I’m sure they will learn from it. However our older, more experienced lads were great, stringing together some crowd pleasing performances. We had a great night and we now look forward to opening the St Patrick’s weekend on Friday 11th March 2016 with our annual boxing tournament.

 Folan, right pinpoints a punch perfect uppercut on his way to championship victory

Folan, right pinpoints a punch perfect uppercut on his way to championship victory

 

Across the same weekend, Louis Regan came up just short in the NAGBC national final, gaining a silver medal in Portsmouth. Regan boxed 4 times in as many weeks, amassing an impressive set of wins in the county final, before emerging victorious in the national quarter and semi finals against national level opponents. Benson remarked, ‘It was Louis’ fourth national final and he has won a national title and full GB championship in the past, so he has put together a great string of results. He came up short against a strong opponent, but he will be back in April for the nationals. Louis and Cianan will develop and mature properly when they are seniors, perhaps in 3 or 4 years’ time, so the fact they are winning titles now is a great sign for the future.’

It was a defining weekend for the club, infact it was the eighth successive season that one of their boxers has reached national championship stages. Formerly the Small Heath Boxing Club, the organisation runs a number of successful projects, including women’s classes, school and university clubs and a mental health and alcohol recovery project, supported by Sport Birmingham. For more information, please contact 0121 773 2784 or visit www.patbensonboxingacademy.co.uk