Boxing

Army Boxers Face Belgian Opposition In Aldershot

A night of bouts against the Belgian National Squad provided the perfect preparation for the Inter Services Championships.

The Army boxing team faced Belgian opposition in Aldershot as part of their preparations for March’s Inter Services Championships.

The event saw experience Army boxer Corporal Shamin Khan defeat Amin Ameziane by a unanimous decision.

Cpl Khan was looking to bounce back from defeat to the RAF’s Rikki Lyon at this year’s Inter Services event and dominated the bout with an assured performance.

The 35-year-old said: "I’m just doing the simple things well.

"I’m trying to take my time, watch what he’s doing, making him miss and making him pay.

"It’s all about hitting and not being hit."

Meanwhile, Rifleman Sid Driscoll returned to the ring after a six-year absence.

He has re-joined the boxing scene since joining the Army and managed to beat Yassine Arafa via a split decision.

The lightweight from Edinburgh was pleased with his performance.

"It’s that ring fitness and getting used to it again.

The aim of the Belgian challenge was to offer a unique threat ahead of the unpredictable Inter Services campaign.

"It’s about saving yourself for the third round and not wasting your energy."

In the final bout of the night, Private Pete Love recorded a unanimous victory over Romauld Collard.

The soldier, who serves in the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, controlled his encounter with the Belgian and the victory is a boost to the morale for him ahead of a busy year in 2020.

His target is to win the Inter Services.

"I think for everyone in the team it is their main goal," he said.

"That’s what we are here to do.

"We are here to win and retain the Inter Services title.

"That is everyone’s dream."