Excitement is mounting ahead of the first major boxing show to be held in Hucknall for four years.
And helping to generate interest is 11-year-old star of the future Corey McPhilbin, who scored a superb victory over the Midlands champion in his latest bout.
The show is being staged by the St George Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), based at Peveril Street Community Centre in the town and run by chief coach Clint McPhilbin.
Corey is Clint’s nephew, and underlined his potential by eclipsing Owen Dudley, of Christ The King ABC in Coventry.
Dudley was not only the best in the Midlands but had also reached the national semi-finals for his age group and weight category.
But Corey won by a unanimous decision after a a terrific display of boxing skills. For all three rounds, he counter-punched the game home fighter, using his fine footwork to good effect.
The win was a big feather in the cap for St George, who are now concentrating on their flagship show, to be held at the George Street Club on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May.
The show will feature 15 bouts, including two for Central area titles and one for a Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire challenge title.
Another highlight will be the return to the ring of two St George favourites, heavyweight James Allies (25) and welterweight Panicos Charalambous (20).
The popular Allies and two-time national finalist and four-time Midlands champion Charalambous have not fought for more than two years after the death of their former coach and club founder, Paul Singleton (52), who lost his fight against cancer in 2012.
But now they are back and ready to make up for lost time -- alongside many other St George fighters who will be taking part in the George Street show.
The doors open at 7 pm, with the first fight at 8 pm. Tickets can be bought in advance for £10 (kids £7) by popping along to the Peveril Street gym or by ringing coach McPhilbin on 07568 394208.
Alternatively, you can pay on the door for £15 (kids £10). All money raised will go straight back into the club, which is run by volunteers.
“With it being a Bank Holiday, we hope to attract a big crowd,” says McPhilbin. “We want to stage more shows next season, so this could be be a good springboard.”