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Gary Grimwood is town’s latest big-hitter

Gary Grimwood

Gary Grimwood

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Meet Ipswich’s latest big hitter.

Gary Grimwood, 30, left it relatively late to start his boxing career, only lacing his up his gloves for the first time five years ago.

But the Stoke Park man is making up for lost time having secured the Eastern Counties ABA title with a second-round stoppage of Southend’s Tom Southgate, in the light-heavyweight division (under-10 bouts), in Essex.

The Patrick’s Club member will now box again next month at the Senior Novice National Championships, against a yet-unnamed opponent, in Norwich, on November 18.

“It’s brilliant. It can be a bit of a conversation-killer if you lose but to be able to call myself a champion is great,” said Grimwood, who works at Ipswich Docks, for his family’s firm.

“It’s been slow-going getting to this stage and trying to establish myself in the ABA. I have not had the best of times as you only get three rounds to prove yourself.

“This will be my last push at the ABA in the novices section, I have sparred with some professionals in Norwich and I really enjoyed it.

“I know my age is against me in the amateur ranks as there are a lot of young kids boxing, so I will see what happens next month and then take it from there.”

Grimwood’s coach is former professional, Rory Burke, who runs Patrick’s Gym on Star Lane.

“Gary has been with me a couple of years, I wish I had had him for longer,” he said.

“The fight in Essex was the best he has ever boxed. He normally goes out and throws punches left, right and centre.

“But he was more patient this time and gave his opponent a count of eight in the first round and finished the job in the second.”

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