A REMARKABLE boxing dynasty, based in Bulwell, that stretches back more than 150 years reaches another milestone this weekend.
For a ten-year-old schoolboy becomes the latest member of the McPhilbin clan to step into the ring.
Corey McPhilbin will maintain a family tradition for pugilism that spans several generations.
In more recent years, Corey’s dad, Daniel, was a fine amateur boxer, winning three Midlands titles and reaching two national ABA semi-finals.One of Corey’s uncles, Clinton, is his trainer at the St George Amateur Boxing Club, based in Hucknall.
And another of his uncles, professional Shane McPhilbin, caused a sensation last year when he was crowned British cruiserweight champion against all the odds.
Shane’s late father, Mick, was also a pro boxer before becoming a respected coach.
Now Corey is following in their footsteps, starting with a skills bout at Mansfield on Sunday. It comprises three one-minute rounds with no winner at the end.
Sharing the Mansfield bill is St George star, light-middlweight Jordan Bradley (21), who will be in action for the first time after a four-year break.
The club is also due to take the wraps off new recruit Mark Underwood, who makes his debut for St George at Derby tonight (Friday).
Meanwhile Shane McPhilbin is recovering from a heavy defeat in his first bout of 2013 when he was stopped by unbeaten former ABA heavyweight champion Chris Keane.
McPhilbin was knocked down three times before the fight was stopped in the third round.
It was all a far cry from 12 months earlier when the Hucknall giant knocked out Leon Williams to take the British cruiserweight title.
Two months later, he lost his crown to Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli, only to earn another crack because of am early-bell blunder by one of the officials.
Maccarinelli withdrew because of injury, before McPhilbin was outclassed by Jon Lewis Dickinson last October.