Boxing at the Miners Welfare Hall, Cinderford
A cutting from the Dean Forest Mercury of March 1959 showing a junior boxing match.
"Two and a half hours of entertaining boxing - often skilful always interesting - was provided by Cinderford Amateur Boxing Club when a novices tournament, supported by senior fights was staged in the Miners Welfare Hall on Friday evening. The only discouraging feature was the number of empty seats in the hall and it is hoped that club officials will not be deterred in their plans to stage future shows, and that the public will take the opportunity to see the younger generation indulging in an exacting, but healthy pastime. The first fight of the evening between C, Mason (Cinderford) and D. Jenkins (Synwell) wasa thriller from start to finish. At 7st. 4lbs. (schoolboy) both boys punched harder than their weights indicated. Mason's long leads to the face had Jenkins continually in trouble, but the Synwell boxer came back strongly in the last round. Mason's work early on stood him in good stead and he was given the verdict".
Other Cinderford boxers that night were: C.Davies, R.Williams, J.Willliams, Ron Symonds (Trainer ) R.Owens, G.Trigg, M.Littlefair, J.Harris, R.Hatchand R.Dart.
Clive added: "... That was the second time that I was matched to Dave Jenkins.I also won at Synwell club.Ther trainer said to me that he was their club champ with seven victories under his belt. However with some of the girls from Double View to support me it would have been unthinkable to lose".
Robert John Harris added: "... C Davis is the Reverend Cliff Davis. The J. Harris is myself as everyone calls me. That year I won the 7st 7lbs Western Counties junior championship. I still have my certificate and blazer badge, but lost in A.B.A quarter finals at Chelsea Barracks".
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