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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Bagley touches gloves with GB’s best

CLEATOR Moor boxer Cameron Bagley has been touching gloves with some of the country’s finest fighters.

Bagley was one five boxers from around the country to attend a training day at the English Institute of Sport with the Great Britain boxing squad.

Having been selected by a committee from Cash4Clubs to benefit from this experience, he was introduced to the boxers which included Olympians Savannah Marshall and Andrew Selby, and Olympic captain Thomas Stalker. Members of the coaching team included Olympic bronze medal winner and former world middleweight champion, Richie Woodhall.

A question and answer session was conducted where the boxers asked questions on nutrition, sprints or distance running and included how to deal with pre-bout nerves.

Bagley said: “The facilities were immense; everything there is dedicated to dealing with the athletes.

“In the boxing area, everything can be recorded for play back so the coaches can analyse it, bringing out the good and bad points of what they have seen.

“They also have probably the biggest collection of video footage of amateur boxers from the rest of the world. These can be used to view and produce a fight plan against future opponents.”

The highlight of the day was a training session where, after the warm-up, the boxers were put through their paces with bag/pad work, shadow boxing and conditional drills, after which Bagley earned praise from Woodhall on his footwork, stance and balance.

Bagley added: “It was a brilliant day to see where the GB squad train. The facilities and support was inspiring. I enjoyed all aspects of the day but in particular the workout with the GB coaches and the pad session with Richie Woodhall.”

Cleator Moor ABC extended thanks to Cash4Clubs for making the day possible and for its financial support.

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