Delight for Frannie as England triumph
IPSWICH boxing stalwart Frannie Peake managed an England schoolboy team to an exciting victory over Ireland at the Ipswich Moat House.The long-serving secretary of the Ipswich Amateur Boxing Club saw his team triumph eight bouts to five over the visitors in one of the best junior internationals seen for many years.
By Dave Allard
IPSWICH boxing stalwart Frannie Peake managed an England schoolboy team to an exciting victory over Ireland at the Ipswich Moat House.
The long-serving secretary of the Ipswich Amateur Boxing Club saw his team triumph eight bouts to five over the visitors in one of the best junior internationals seen for many years.
The Ipswich ABC put on the annual charity banquet for the 12th year and Peake was honoured by being named England manager.
He said: "I was thrilled to be asked and it turned out to be a tremendous match. The Irish team were strong, and the home side had their work cut out. There was a great deal of high quality boxing and some very close decisions."
One of the main guests of the evening was John Morris, the former general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control who is now president of the English schools' ABA.
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He said: "It was a great night full of excellent schoolboy boxing. Many of the lads on view will undoubtedly be top professionals of tomorrow. Once again the Ipswich club have promoted a top class event and it is great that so many charities will benefit as a result."
George Groves of the Dale Youth ABC was one of the most impressive England competitors on view. He stopped opponent Kieren Crossan.
John Gillingwater of Canvey showed his vast promise in beating a game opponent in Mike Corcorran.
These two were ably supported by other England winners on a night when a special souvenir programme contained messages from world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Sir Henry Cooper, the former British and European heavyweight title holder.
Dave Ashford, the chairman of the organising committee, said: "Once again it was a sell-out. The boxing was excellent and the generosity of the audience top class with regard to the fund raising as the evening went on."
This regular November occasion started in 1988 as an England North versus England South schoolboy representative encounter and developed into an international show.
Scotland and Wales have also been the visitors in the past.