New boxing and martial arts club in Rugby packs a good punch

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A new boxing and martial arts club in Rugby is packing a positive punch by helping the town’s youngsters.

Head trainer Lee Evans believes New Era is creating sporting opportunities for people of all ages and with various aims.

Lee, who lives in Rugby and is a 1st Degree Martial Arts Instructor (UCMAA) with 15 years martial arts and boxing experience, said: ““The aim is to demonstrate that boxing and martial arts are not only great for physical strength and fitness, but also build fundamental skills and teach respect and discipline.

“We feel it is getting young people off the streets and helping them to focus on something positive. Our gym is open to everyone, no matter what their goals are.”

The George Bilton Amateur Boxing Club will be based at New Era Boxing and Martial Arts, in Bakehouse Lane, later this year.

Lee added: “Even if you have never punched a bag before, you should come down and give it a go. You might be surprised at what it can do for you.”

New Era Boxing and Martial Arts already has some great success stories from the first six months.

The club’s fight team saw its first win in March, with Jake Watts beating James Donnelly in a light heavyweight boxing match. Jake’s opponent was previously unbeaten, but refused to face the third round. Also fighting for New Era Boxing and Martial Arts was Ben House, who was pipped on points by Mick Connell at lightweight.

Organisers said it was an overall great debut from the boxers, with Jake named fighter of the night.

Classes at the gym are held every evening with children’s classes from age five, and women’s and adults boxing classes are held during week evenings. Strength and conditioning classes are also held. Visit or call Lee on 07738 292318.