New documentary charts life at historic Sunderland boxing club

Boxers at Lambton Street Amateur Boxing Club

Boxers at Lambton Street Amateur Boxing Club

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LIFE at a historic Wearside boxing club is to be laid out for sports fans in a documentary.

Lambton Street Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), founded in 1901, is at the centre of a new film showing the dedication of young fighters and their coaches.

The idea to make the documentary came from Gary Bunting, after senior figures said that they wanted to promote the work that the club does.

Filmed over a period of three months, the production features boxing action from fights and training sessions as well as club members.

It is hoped that the film could be broadcast nationally, shining a light on amateur sport in Sunderland.

Gary, who boxed at the club in his younger days before going on to work in the oil and gas industry, said: “Work took me away from Lambton Street and I didn’t have the time to be involved but last year the club approached me to see if I would interested in sponsoring them.

“From there, things have just snowballed.

“We’ve had a good chat about where the club wants to go, so we’ve put in place a structure to elevate the club to a higher level.

“It’s been a successful club but we’ve been looking at improving it from a fitness and technical point of view.

“The documentary will show how much commitment goes into amateur boxing, from coaches and the fighters.”

The club, based at Hylton Road playing fields, prides itself on taking on young fighters and teaching them to respect opponents as well as training and preparing properly.

Gary, who boxed at Lambton Street between 1986 and 1995, soon hopes the Lambton Street’s boxers will be able to compete in front of packed audiences and that will help to spread the word about the club.

“We’ve some big plans and in 2015 will look to step up the size of shows we put on from workingmen’s club-sized audiences of about 350 to 400 to that of Rainton Meadows Arena size, between 1,000 and 1,300 seats. We’ve also got a reunion planned in June for former club members who may have trained at the club, represented the club, coached, volunteered or managed at the club though for who ultimately the name of the club brings back fond memories to once again come and support the club.

“If it’s as big a success as hoped we’d look at holding a repeat of the reunion every year. The gulf in audience size we are aiming to bridge we perceive will not only be beneficial to Lambton Street ABC but also to the sport of amateur boxing across the region and optimistically across the nation.”

l To see a trailer of the documentary, go to www.youtube.com and search for Lambton Street ABC.