College students boxing clever after visit from champion

The former Commonwealth and British super middleweight champion was at the facility, based at Gateshead International Stadium, ahead of his much anticipated rematch with current titleholder Carl Froch in May.

He strapped on his gloves and stepped into the ring for a session with the boxing students, displaying some of the power punching techniques and skills that have taken him to the top of his sport.

Steve Cranston, head boxing coach at Gateshead College and an Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABA) high-performance coach, said: “Gateshead College is the leading college in the North East for sport and having champions like George visit, demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible sport opportunities for young people.  

“We are dedicated to equipping talented youngsters with the skills, experience and confidence needed to have a real chance at securing their dream career in their chosen sport. The AASE Boxing Programme and the college boxing academy play a vital part in helping to launch the careers of young competitors and officials, bringing new blood to the sports to help secure their future.”

Gateshead College’s boxing academy is run alongside nine existing sport academies in men’s and women’s football, rugby, judo, basketball, netball, golf, athletics, ice hockey and cricket. The academies are open to any full-time Gateshead College student aged between 16 and 19.