Boxing

Army Boxing Team Working Hard Ahead Of Inter Services Championships

The Army Boxing team are pulling out all the stops in the hopes they will win back the Inter Services Championships title later this week.

The match will be streamed live on Thursday at 7pm via forces.net, Facebook and the Forces Sports Show YouTube page.

The finals of the Inter Services Championships take place at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth on Thursday. 

After three decades of Inter Services Championship success, the Army dropped their guard last year and Navy took the title. This year, they are desperate to win back the crown. 

Lance Corporal Natty Ngwenya is one of the Army's heavyweight fighters. He said last year's loss was a thought-provoking experience and that the team were worried they had let down the ones that came before them that had managed to hold onto the title for a remarkable 34-years.

"We have to redeem ourselves, so to speak, and everyone has been working hard to be honest.

"I've got full confidence in the team that we will pull it off again this year".

Ngwenya did not box in last year's tournament due to a walkover.

This year, his boxing schedule has also been interrupted due to a seven-month deployment with his unit.

Ngwenya did not box in last year's tournament due to a walkover.

But he is now raring to go and the Championships is a good chance for him to get in some practice before England's Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) Championships, which are being held in Manchester next month:

"Since being in Brecon and out the game for like seven months, I need that warm-up fight, you know, sparring is different, we spar every day.

"Being in a competition and getting the nerves, I don't know... the atmosphere, it's just totally different, but I'm actually glad I get a chance to take part this year."

The Army have a new addition to the team this year in the form of Lance Corporal Ben Rees-Davies.

He is normally in boxing in the Welsh national ABA at this time in the season, but this year he has been given the nod to wear the red vest:

"We want the best possible team going out there to get that trophy back and I am more than ready to do it".

You can watch the Army try to win back the title live on Thursday at 7pm via forces.net, Facebook and the Forces Sports Show YouTube page!