South Durham heading to South Africa


Ran by the Saunders family, Jeff Snr and Tracey, South Durham ABC (based in Fishburn) are heading back into the wilds this weekend as they take part of their senior squad to Johannesburg, South Africa.

A six strong team will head to the African continent for the first time since 2008 when Jeff Snr took a full 12-man contingent for what was an ultimately successful visit and now, due to family friends being there, the club are heading back.

Head coach, and father to professional Bradley and Jeff Jnr, Jeff Snr said: “We went out there with a squad in 2008 after a close friend of the family, Chris Reed, moved there.

“We took a big squad of twelve then and they all won their respective bouts so it’ll be good to go back again. The lads going this time are a good, strong set of open class seniors so it was never going to be a problem.

“We’ll be there for ten days and don’t box until the Sunday in the southern suburbs so they’ll have plenty of time to acclimatise and train a little more before they do box. We’ll certainly keep them busy.”

Alongside Jeff Snr amateur coaches Nigel and James Archer will be travelling (James is also fighting) will be joined by Senior amateur boxers Darryl Clemmet, Tom Hielbron, Dominic Ross and Clyde Best from the South Durham club.

Jeff Saunders Jnr also won his fifth professional outing last night (Friday November 6) when defeating Willis Baloyi on points over four rounds. It is the first time the former paratrooper has been taken the distance in the paid ranks and something he is pleased to finally have done.




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Posted on 07/11/2015, in Amateur Boxing, Boxing, Regional News & Sport and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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