Over the weekend of the 31st of January to the 2nd of February, Newcastle University was represented by five boxers from NU Boxing Club at the BUCS University Boxing Championships, held at the University of Wolverhampton.
Millie Avis, Nesta Baxter, Michael Fearn (BUCS Champion 2019), Roland Pascual and Luke Wharton all represented Newcastle in their respective weight classes after training hard and watching their diets over Christmas.
Millie Avis won gold in the Female 60-64kg 0-5 bouts category after beating opponents from Oxford University, University of Nottingham and Oxford Brooks University. Amazingly, Millie fought 3 opponents but didn’t even fight for a total of 6 full rounds to beat all 3, finishing two of her fights before the final bell.
Nesta Baxter won gold in the Female 57-60kg 6-10 bouts category after beating a strong opponent from the University of Cambridge which went all the way to decision.
Micheal Fearn won silver in the Male category after a tough final against an opponent from Imperial College, London.
BUCS is an intense 3 day elimination tournament and all of our fighters had to make weight each day until they lost or medalled, whichever came first.
Day 1 –
Millie Avis won against last years BUCS Champion by an unanimous decision putting her through to the Semi Finals.
Luke Wharton won by a split decision in a tough fight against a good opponent from Edinburgh University and showed a lot of heart but was unable to continue to box due to a deep cut to the face.
Roland Pascual fought a very strong and tough opponent but after giving his all, it was his opponent who progressed to the Semi Finals.
Day 2, Semi-Final –
Millie Avis won by a RSC in the second round against a tough opponent from the University of Nottingham, showing growing confidence and good power.
Day 3, Finals –
The final day of BUCS Championships saw Newcastle University Boxing Club leaving with two Golds and a Silver.
Millie Avis first fought in the final against a strong fighter from Oxford Brooks but overcame her nerves and came out strong to win by RSC in the first round, becoming BUCS Champion 2020.
Nesta Baxter then fought in the final against an experienced fighter from Cambridge University. It was a very hard fight and went all the way but it was Nesta who won on decision becoming the club’s second BUCS Champion of the day, adding another gold next to her Box Cup medal from last year.
Michael Fearn then fought in the final against a very good opponent who was much taller. Nonetheless, Michael put on a brilliant performance, giving it everything but unfortunately it was a silver this year for him.
Newcastle University Boxing Club would like to say a big thank you over the weekend to all of the club for the amazing support and to Matthew Morgan and Lee Rogan for the coaching over the weekend.
Last modified: 18th February 2020