Young fighters aiming for Sky Sports slot

REACHING FOR THE SKY -- the four St George boxers, (from left) Brendan McCormack, Georgious Charalambous, Saab Alvi and Christagie Charalambous.
REACHING FOR THE SKY -- the four St George boxers, (from left) Brendan McCormack, Georgious Charalambous, Saab Alvi and Christagie Charalambous.

Four up-and-coming Hucknall boxers could soon be starring on Sky Sports TV.

For they are expected to shine in the Redditch Schools Box Cup, the finals of which are to be shown on Sky’s boxing show, ‘Ringside’.

Saab Alvi (14), Christagie Charalambous (13) and 12-year-olds Brendan McCormack and Georgios Charalambous, all of the St George Amateur Boxing Club, are taking part.

They are among 200 young fighters from across the country, including national ABA champions, who are gearing up for the tournament.

The first phase of the Olympic Games-style competition takes place this weekend, to be followed by the finals on Saturday June 15.

The event has been organised by Redditch Amateur Boxing Club in Worcestershire to raise money for children’s charity, Childline.

It will pit male and female boxers, aged 12, 13 and 14, against opponents of the same age, weight and level of experience. Class A is for boxers with up to four bouts, Class B for those with 5 to 14 bouts and Class C for those with more than 15 bouts.

St George’s head coach Clinton McPhilbin says box cups are becoming all the rage in amateur boxing and expects this one to prove an invaluable experience for Alvi, McCormack and the Charalambous brothers.

Meanwhile another St George fighter, 23-year-old Mark Underwood, chalked up his third victory from four fights when appearing on a bill at Leamington Spa.

Light-middleweight Underwood, who only took up boxing eight months ago, won on a disqualification but was up on points at the time.

His opponent was thrown out after being warned five times for putting his head below Underwood’s waist.

Commented McPhilbin: “Mark has made a brilliant start to his boxing career.”