Army Boxers Begin Title Challenge

Airborne soldiers have thrown the first punches in their assault on the Army boxing championships, a competition which they have traditionally dominated.

Three of the six teams competing in this year’s Army Major Units Boxing Championship are from 16 Air Assault Brigade, with 3 PARA the defending champions.

The competition began with a quarter-final at Colchester’s Budd VC Gymnasium between 2 PARA and 13 Air Assault Support Regt RLC, both of which are based at Merville Barracks. In front of a passionate and vocal crowd 2 PARA scored a resounding 8-1 victory, with the win sealed with a knockout in the last heavyweight bout.

C/Sgt Danny Campbell, 2 PARA’s head coach, said: “This was a very tough contest and the score does not give a fair reflection of the quality of the opposition, and I congratulate 13 RLC’s fighters on their performance. Our victory was all down to hard work and dedication, but most importantly good technical boxing. I am keen to instil the art of boxing into our fighters, rather than just rushing in and throwing punches. This is a very good start to the competition for us and we can now look forward and continue to train for the next round.”

Addressing the boxers after Monday’s fixture Brig Hill, Comd 16 Air Assault Brigade, said: “I am immensely proud of the Brigade’s strong boxing pedigree. As a sport, boxing has a lot of parallels with the qualities that a soldier requires – fitness, self-discipline, courage and the will to win. A direct link can be drawn between the Brigade’s success in the boxing ring and our achievements on operations. After seeing tonight’s bouts I am even more confident that the current crop of boxers and soldiers will maintain that tradition.”

3 PARA has won the competition seven times in the last decade, and only did not compete in 2006, 2008 or 2011 because it was on operations in Afghanistan. 3 PARA begin the defence of their title in February with a match against 2nd Bn The Royal Anglian Regt.

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