KINGSWAY boxer Mike McCartney was recently selected to represent the Merseyside and Cheshire Amateur Boxing Association on a trip to the USA.

He was among a group of boxers chosen from across the region who visited Louisville, Kentucky - the birthplace of Muhammad Ali.

In addition to a number of sightseeing excursions, Mike was also able to participate in several training sessions during this once in a lifetime experience. He has now returned to Kingsway Boxing Club where he has been happy to share his experiences with his club mates.

Two young prospects from Kingsway Boxing Club made their first appearances of the season last week, taking part in skills bouts in Liverpool and Northwich respectively.

On Thursday 11 year old Joseph White made his debut for the club, boxing on Golden Gloves ABC’s show at Fusion Night Club, Liverpool.

Sharing a ring with him was fellow debutant and home boxer Oli Potter, and although both lads lacked experience they displayed good footwork, defence and a willingness to throw punches in an entertaining three rounds, and both lads emerged as a credit to their respective clubs.

Joseph put in a composed performance, staying calm under pressure whilst both leading off and countering nicely with straight shots, with the jab in particular catching the eye.

The following evening Sean Hagan took part in his 4th skills bout, appearing on Boxing Fit Academy’s show in Northwich.

Sean boxed a skilful southpaw in home fighter Mikey Doran, and both lads showcased excellent skills in what was a good opening bout to the evening’s proceedings.

A competitive contest is now under consideration for Sean, such has been his improvement in recent months, and the club will now be looking to get Sean, Joseph and other boxers in action before Christmas, in what is shaping up to be a busy season ahead.

Kingsway Boxing Club train at Optimum Fitness Gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6.30 until 8.00pm.

New starters with an interest in boxing competitively are welcome to come along to one of the club's new starter nights on the first Friday of every month.