Chichester’s big night of boxing takes shape

editorial image

A BIG night of top-class boxing is on the cards in Chichester.

Saturday, January 26, sees St Gerards Amateur Boxing Club present their annual black-tie boxing evening at Westgate Leisure, hosted by the Rotary club of Chichester Priory.

The event will raise much-needed funds for St Gerards ABC and Chichester Boys’ Youth Club, helping them address anti-social behaviour in a very positive way.

Head coach of St Gerards Gareth Ferguson said: “Without such funding, the clubs would not survive in the current economic climate - the Rotary club of Chichester Priory are our saviours.”

Coach Jon Mills - known as The Terminator by the boxers because of the intense and painful circuits he pushes them through -said: “The lads are all extremely fit and have all gone that extra mile to perform to their best on the night - it should be truly awsome for all to witness.”

Matchmaker Gerry Lavelle is promising a cracking line-up for the night with some mouthwatering contests for the crowd and for special guests who will be supporting the night.

He said: “These include two open-class contests of the highest calibre - and the return of my youngest son Billy Lavelle to the amateur code should be a cracker as well.

“We have heavyweight junior Will Atha making his mark again and a very special start to the night with Wee Will Middleton making his amateur debut. He is aged 12 and weighing just 37kg, providing a taste of what’s to come.

“We also have seniors Chris James, Mark Chandler, Daniel Grant, Xavier Southerton, while making their debuts are seniors Germaine Malcolm and Laurence Houari - and to top it all off, pugilistic policeman Pete Outen will be in action.”

Nearly all 26 tables of ten have sold out but a few seated places are still available - it’s £50 for a four-course meal and special programme.

If you require tickets call Ray Richardson on 01243 543701 or email him at

Anyone who can’t be there on the night can sponsor any of the contests by contacting Ray Richardson.

The Rotary club are providing a table for young service personnel from Hedley Court who are recovering from injuries sustained in action and who will be supporting all the boxers on the evening.