Spalding Boxing Academy appoints Olympian to its coaching staff
Spalding Boxing Academy has landed itself a major coaching coup.
The Pinchbeck-based club has secured the services of former Olympic boxer Dimitar Stiliyanov.
The Bulgarian – who lives in Spalding – represented his country in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where he was beaten by top professional Amir Khan en-route to the Brit’s silver medal triumph.
Stiliyanov had earlier tasted major success as an amateur after winning a gold medal at the European Championships in 2002.
He has also won silver and bronze medals at the World Amateur Championships, and the Spalding Boxing Academy are thrilled to add him to their coaching roster.
They said: “We are so lucky to have found a coach with this experience to help us.
“It is great news to have a new coach joining us with an outstanding amateur career which includes European and World success as well representing his country at the Olympic Games.
“He will definitely bring a lot of experience to our gym and we look forward to working with Dimitar.”
Stiliyanov is also a 17-times Bulgarian national champion and was captain of his country’s boxing team for five years.
His arrival marks the start of an exciting new era for the Spalding Boxing Academy which has recently moved to a new training base.
The academy, started by head coach Stuart Possnett two years ago, had previously been based at a site in Kellett Gate, Low Fulney, but has now relocated to a former food factory in central Pinchbeck.
It currently has around 100 members, ranging from primary school youngsters and students right through to adults.
When the coronavirus restrictions ease, Stuart and academy secretary Tom Smith are hoping to increase that membership further.
Stuart said: “We have got a good level of membership with lads and girls from all over the area, including Long Sutton, Gedney Hill, Donington and Crowland.
“It’s a fantastic gym for Spalding Boxing Academy in an old food factory where they used to test food.
“The hygiene is very good as it has a ventilator system that will give us clear air in the gym within minutes which is great because we have to keep a certain level of air circulating under the rules from England Boxing (the national governing body for amateur boxing clubs).
“Hopefully, the new gym will take our club to the next level.”