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Boxing: Future looks bright for Deva Police ABC

DEVA Police ABC believe the next generation of boxers coming through the Saltney club’s academy will be their best yet.

Coach Dave Evans, who this year saw protégé Joe Lovell graduate to professional status, says the club is now starting to reap the rewards of three years of hard work.

Five of the club’s current batch of young fighters – including three brothers – are being tipped to follow in the footsteps of Lovell, who has moved to the Chester Boxers professional stable in Hoole.

Evans said: “We’re planting the trees and they are making the wine. Soon we hope they will make Champagne!

“I’d have liked to have seen Joe stay with us as with the Olympics coming up his profile would’ve gone through the roof – but we wish him all the best.

“Right now we have five young lads aged 12-15 who are frightening.

“I think the brothers Sam, Louis and Joe Rigg, as well as Jack Rodgers and Sam Pickering could be the best we have ever produced. But most importantly they are all gentlemen.”

Evans and fellow ABC coaches Tommy Dix and Alan Millett enjoyed title success on both sides of the border this year with Andy Jones, Aiden Stapleton, Mark Sullivan, Daniel Evans, Ashley Appleby and Ross Broadbent all picking up Welsh titles and, in the case of Jones, a British title and a Commonwealth Games selection.

Now the coaches have similarly high hopes for the latest crop of talented youngsters, who are set to fight at the GB Championships in March.

“The important thing is that they are surrounded by great role models,” added Evans.

“Our motto is strength, courage and unity. We have some lads who we have had to let go for now as they are completing their studies.

“School work comes first and so in the nicest possible way they are banned from the club until the work is done.

“But at this club everyone is treated the same, from the senior champion to the kid who has just come in off the street.”