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Alberton Boxing Club turns 85 years

Members of the Alberton Boxing Club gathered together to celebrate their 85th anniversary and invited other local boxing club to enjoy the day with them.

Alberton Boxing Club recently celebrated their 85th anniversary since being established on May 25.

The club was founded in 1939.

The local boxing club was established as a result to recognise and honour boxing enthusiasts in the greater Alberton.

The head coach of the club, Gert Kerk, said that this was not just an 85th birthday celebration, however, was a celebration of all former and present of the club who have honoured the club with nothing but dignity and determination.

Boxers going toe-to-toe in the rink.

He said that this birthday marks a lots of different things that has happened in the club from its first day being opened, heroes the club has produced, challenges the club has faced and a sign of the club’s capabilities as they are still standing strong.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has been with us since day one. A huge shout out to our members who remained with us no matter what was going on,” he said.

The club celebrated the day in a special and unique manner by hosting 85th anniversary club’s tournament with other boxing clubs.

Five members of the club participated in different weight divisions.

Three members won recognition awards and two lost in their respective divisions.

An Alberton Boxing Club boxer who won his devision (55kg) and who also won the best boxer award, Jacques du Plooy, said that he was looking forward to make his club proud.

Andrew Eekhout (coach), Jacques du Plooy (two awards), Blake Potter (one trophy), Deandre vander Merwe (runner-up) and Gert Kerk (coach).

Du Plooy started boxing at a young age after getting motivation from veteran boxers he watched on TV.

“My mom noticed I was interested and she asked me if I’d like to join a boxing club. I always knew that I will be labelled as a best boxer in a tournament one day but I never knew that it will come so quick,” said Du Plooy.

He said boxing has taught him to think out of the box to beat your opponent.

The local boxing club thanked the trophy sponsors Bazil Read, Tyron Infeld, Super Cops Securiry, Dirk de Langa and Jannie Fourie.

Fight in progress.

The club urges the community to help them with sponsorship as the boxers need to get to the gym every day.
To sponsor or for information on the club, contact Gert Kirk on 073 578 8594 or Andrew Eekhout on 078 105 5475.

Winners of the day

Dendre van der Merwe: runner-up in the 44kg division.

Blake Potter: won a trophy in the 26kg division.

Jacques du Plooy: won a trophy in the 55kg division and also won the best boxer award of the day.

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