Spalding and District Round Table members are confident of donating thousands of pounds to good causes across South Holland after another successful boxing night.
The club’s 23rd annual Premier Boxing Event at Springfields Events and Conference Centre on Saturday night was widely thought to have been one of the best stagings of it ever.
A large part of that was down to the generosity and warmth shown by the night’s star guest, ex-World Super Featherweight Champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton.
The Northern Ireland-born boxer, managed by ring legend and ex-World Featherweight Champion Barry McGuigan, signed autographs, drew raffle prizes and watched some of the nine fights staged throughout the night.
Carl said: “Spalding is a nice, little town, with nice people in it who are very friendly.
“But when I came here from East Midlands Airport, I thought it was like an episode from (the TV comedy) Last of the Summer Wine.”
Carl’s guest appearance at the Premier Boxing Event was even more commendable as it came just three weeks after losing his world title to Mexican fighter Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas, USA.
“It was a big deal because I never really believed that I’d get to fight in Las Vegas when I turned professional (in June 2009),” Carl said.
“I always had dreams of being a world champion, but not many fighters from the UK have got to fight in Las Vegas.
“The past month wasn’t the greatest because I lost my title and my undefeated record.
Spalding is a nice, little town, with nice people in it who are very friendlyEx-World Super Featherweight Champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton
“I was disappointed with the result and the loss to Santa Cruz was the lowest point in my career so far.
“But when you look at it in perspective, I didn’t perform in that fight and that was me at 70 to 75 per cent.
“There are still a few more for me and from here on in, I just want to be involved in fights with big name boxers.”
The night was organised by Round Table chairman Matt Burchnall and member Dave Jackson, with a team of boxers representing the British Army taking on fighters from Police Clubs GB.
More than £200,000 has been raised by the event over the years and Matt said: “It was a fantastic night.
“Dave Jackson did a fantastic job in organising it and I think Carl Frampton was the best guest we’ve ever had.
“It’s pretty much of a unique event in this area and different to other events in that a lot of organisations and businesses are involved in putting it on.
“There’s a lot of demand for tickets and some of our guests attend year after year which makes this an event that’s stood the test of time.”
. For more photographs of Carl Frampton at Spalding and District Round Table’s Premier Boxing Event, buy the Spalding Guardian tomorrow (Thursday).