A world first will take place next month at Esker Amateur Boxing Club.
The Dublin outfit, who run Europe’s largest all-female tournament, will run the first ever organised tournament on Sunday May 14th for boxers aged 10 and under.
Currently young fighters begin fighting in tournaments at Boy/Girl 1 level, but Esker are to begin the KidzKup to help give boxers tournament experience before moving into competitive championships.
Esker secretary Ed Griffin explained to Irish-Boxing.com that “up to now, underage boxers in clubs basically just spar other kids on an ad hoc basis.”
“Because they are too young to compete until 11 years old, there isn’t a boxing structure or organised championships for them to box at or aim at.”
“We intend to run two to three KidzKup’s during the year so underage boxers can get prepared to move into competitive boxing without being daunted about being in a tournament.”
The tournament is open to 7, 8, 9 and 10 year old medically carded boxers only (BLUE CARD MINIMUM).
Boxers will be graded according to weight and skill level (beginner, skilled, advanced) and be sorted into groups of four
Each boxer will have a 3×1 minute fight which will be ruled a draw by the referee. Technique will be prioritised and hard shots will be penalised.
The referee will score the fights on a 1-10 scale in each of the areas of discipline, offence, defence, and technique, and the highest scoring boxer wins the group.
All entrants will receive a medal and certificate and contests will be listed as skills bouts in the boxers’ record books.
Three rings in operation at the CBS Sports Hall, Roselawn, Lucan, Co Dublin on Sunday May 14th, with the tournament starting at 12 noon.
Entries (costing €10) are limited to 250 boxers and close on 1st May, so enter early to avoid disappointment.
Interested clubs should email firstname.lastname@example.org with all boxer names, date of births, current weights, honest assessment of ability (Beginner, Skilled, Advanced), club name, and club contact details.
Any boxer graded over ability will be disqualified.
More details coming soon.