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Isle of Man Amateur Boxing

Isle of Man Amateur Boxing is made up of two clubs. The Manx ABC, which is based in Douglas, and the Viking ABC boxing club which has been affiliated and active since 1999 and is currently based in Victoria Road, Douglas. The Vikings boxing club has moved it's club base around the Island in an effort to promote boxing. Starting from it's Summerland gym it moved on to Ramsey, then to King Williams College, Castletown and then to Jurby. Now they are back in Douglas.

IOMBoxingIOM Boxing is the governing body for amateur boxing on the Isle of Man and is made up of representatives from both Island clubs, Viking and Manx ABC. On the committee is Gianni Epifani, who works for the Isle of Man Government's sports development unit. Gianni was given the role of boxing coordinator at the Commonwealth Youth Games held on the Island in 2011, and has stayed on the boxing committee and is an active member in local boxing scene.

In the past five years, IOM Boxing has had one of its most successful periods ever by qualifying four boxers to three games. Prior to 2008, the Island's sole representative at any Commonwealth Games was Jack Osbourne, who boxed in the Empire games in Cardiff in 1958.

In 2008, Daniel Roberts boxed at 69kg in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, and in Delhi in 2010 two boxers qualified; Krystian Borucki (81kg) and Dominic Winrow (91kg). Dominic and Krystian are the only two Island boxers to have held the prestigious North West Region Championship belts. Dominic in 2010 became the first Isle of Man boxer to reach the English ABA finals, where he was beaten by 2012 Olympian and 2011 world silver medalist Anthony Joshua.

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Edward Rennie represented the Island on home soil in the 2011 CYG at 64kg.

In 2012, Jamie Devine and Mathew Rennie became the first boxers to receive Isle of Man Sport Sports Aid. Mathew received his nomination following a very successful 2011, when he won six out of seven contests and reached the English Schoolboy Championship quarter finals. His one defeat was a close points loss to three-time national champion Danish Mohamed. Jamie also received his nomination for an outstanding 2011 that culminated in him reaching the English Schoolboy semi-finals, where he was outpointed by the eventual champion Meshak Russell.

The Viking ABC has traveled to compete over the last 10 years to South Africa, Miami, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Poland and Denmark. It has had various championship entries in the UK with Danny Linehan ranked third junior Light-Heavyweight in England in 2010.

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Contacts

John Cain (Head Coach at Manx ABC), +44 (0) 7624 482397, jpcain@manx.net

Juan Thomas (Head Coach at Viking ABC), +44 (0) 7624 472415, vikingbk@manx.net