Jon boxes clever to take points victory

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Head Coach Ashot Hovhannisyan is hopeful that the town’s local boxing club will make further strides after scoring their first win since becoming affiliated to the ABA last year.

Hayastan Boxing Club’s longest serving member Jonathan Nicol, who weighed in at 67kg, boxed to an impressive points win over a more experienced opponent from the St. Gerard’s gym in Chichester.

The 27-year old made good use of his superior footwork and hand speed to overcome obvious height and reach disadvantages on the show at the Brighton University Campus earlier this month.

Nicol has clearly flourished under the guidance of Hovhannisyan, who advocates a very disciplined and technical approach.

“I was very happy with Jon,” the head coach said afterwards. “We work on a lot of things in the gym and he put them into practice on the night.

“That is not always as easy as it sounds.”

He added, “It is great to get that first win. We have worked hard for it and hopefully there will be many more.

“We also hope that this will attract new members to the club and as they say: success breeds success.

“Maybe after they have seen the way Jon boxed, they will want to come and try our methods.”

Hovhannisyan knows only too well what it takes to succeed in boxing.

As amateur in his native Armenia, he won an impressive four national championships and a junior USSR title.

He was also vice president of the Armenian Taekwondo Association.

For more information on training with Ashot at Hayastan boxing club, call him on 07411 353 889 or visit the club’s website at www.hayastanboxing.co.uk.