Last night I went to Penstowe Manor at Kilkhampton for one of Launceston Amateur Boxing Club's fundraising shows. I'm afraid that I wasn't there for the dinner, but from the look on the faces of the diners it seems that the food went down well.
The boxing itself was 12 bouts featuring contests between a wide range of boxers aged from about 10 upwards. (It's not often that the reaction of the crown to a boxer is 'ahhh').
As ever, safety is paramount and gloves, headgear and other protection is rigorously checked before each fight and between rounds.
The boxers themselves came from Launceston, Newquay and as far afield as Romford and Weymouth.
It was a fantastic event from a great club. Des Charnock and his team deserve a huge pat on the back for their efforts and I look forward to their next event. Des himself opens up the club every weekday and travels with his fighters to contests up and down the country. He has already seen a number of them progress up the ratings very rapidly - which is testament to his abilities as a coach as well as to their skills as boxers.