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Dukeries boxer wins eight-man tournament

Posted onPosted on 12th Oct

Since turning 18 in July, Bailey Brassington has been busy making a name for himself as a successful semi-professional boxer across the Midlands and the North, reports James Bovington.

The young Dukeries fighter recently won an eight-man ‘slugfest’ boxing event, staged in Cannock by Craig Tipton Promotions.

“I was chuffed to get through the first two bouts and buzzing when I won the final against the experienced Dean McGann,” said Bailey. “I just gave it everything and they couldn’t pin me down.

“I’m grateful to Craig for the opportunity and pleased people know that I can handle myself well and show just what I’m made of.

“I’ve got four more fights lined up before the end of the year. Boxing is in my blood. This is just the start.”

Former Dukeries Academy, Ollerton, student Bailey admits being disengaged at school, but now enjoys his engineering apprenticeship and still plays football for his local team in Ollerton.

He relaxes by spending time with his family and a circle of close friends — with his grandmother, parents, and long-time girlfriend Evie his top supporters.

Bailey owes much of his success to coach Neil Huntley, adding: “Neil’s been putting loads of time into me behind closed doors, moulding a specific boxing style that we can demonstrate in fights.

“Then he spends weekends driving me here and there to do just that. I want to make him proud. I’m so grateful to him for all his help.

“The truth is I am ambitious and I’d welcome regular and more demanding fights against harder opponents. I’m not scared of anyone at my weight. Longer term I want to be a full-time professional boxer.”