BOXING: Top talents helping to put Academy on map

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SOUTH Holland Boxing Academy has been rolling with punches across the nation as their season draws to a close.

A clutch of the Holbeach-based club’s top talents have helped put South Holland on the map over the past year, with mixed results all part of their boxing education.

After a cracking start, Aiden Johnson has had a tough time of it lately. He’s travelled to both ends of the county this season and picked up a silver medal in the final of the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire regional final.

But since that contest Johnson found the step up to a higher level a little difficult.

Coach John Sutton said: “Aiden has vowed to move on and will campaign to reverse these results in the new season in September and progress to the junior championships with new ambition and desire.”

Another hopeful for the future is Thomas Pogson, who has continued to progress and impress.

He is of good pedigree and is the cousin of professional boxer Callum Johnson.

After suffering a couple of defeats, Pogson ends the season on a run of three successive wins.

Sutton added: “Tom is one to watch out for the future and his development is being harnessed carefully.”

Jack Fowler is also progressing well and the “Whaplode Warrior” is making headlines for the right reasons.

A strong and determined fighter, Fowler hates to lose and his determination and commitment to training is second to none.

Sutton said: “Jack is another to watch for the new season. His desire for top honours is not too far away.”

Meanwhile, Vladislav Dzimitais has progressed with honours over the past 12 months, winning his last three contests in style.

“The Latvian Destroyer” has fast, hard hands and his opponents can testify about his fierce punching power.

Sutton said: “Vlad is well liked at the club and support from his fellow club mates has helped him fit in.

“He is now enjoying his boxing, which as a lad growing up in Latvia, was all he dreamed of.”

Luke Nicholson has been forced to box at both ends of the country. Because of his size he has to travel some distance to find competition, but he has yet to record a win.

However, the “Whaplode Midget” will increase in size before next season and Sutton is backing him to turn the corner.

Another hot prospect for 2012 is James Swaby, who is finally getting his career on track after some early disappointment.

Sutton said: “James has a wonderful style and his desire to learn is second to none. His progression is being recognised in the gym.”

Team-mate Nathan Sage has been in good form this season, but has found the competition tough in his popular catagory – making his win rate lower than expected.

His efforts in training have been hampered by work commitments, but Sutton hopes to get more from him in the new season.

South Holland’s season comes to an end after the School Girl ABA Championship finals in Mansfield on Saturday.

Amber Lewis is representing the Holbeach club as she bids for a national title against Alisha Williams of Swales Gloves ABC.

A strong South Holland contingent are expected to support her, as she bids to land a gold medal in her first season with South Holland.

Sutton reckons a gold medal would be just reward for Lewis’ efforts.

He said: “The credit is down to Amber and her dedication to training.

“She has been rightfully be rewarded with this superb opportunity. Credit must be given to Linden Secker, who as done numerous sessions with her.

“A mention must also be given to all the other boxers in the gym, who are just finding their feet in the sport.

“Boxing is the toughest sport in the world and it is not for all.

“Thanks also go to all the coaches, committee members and sponsors, for making this season a success.”