Boxing Exchange Proves A Knockout

Sat, 2001-02-03 00:00

A boxing training exchange between East Durham ABA Boxing and a club in Malta is proving a big success for the boxers lucky enough to take part.

Following the very successful trip to Malta by ABA England Internationals Gary Reay, 25 from Wheatley Hill and Darryl Cullerton, 25 from Sunderland, it was Phil Galea from Saint Julian’s Bay in Malta’s turn to visit the North East.

Phil Galea, who is a Private with the Maltese Army and works with a helicopter rescue unit, will train for a week with top England boxing coach David Binns.

And the soldier is thrilled to be receiving some top coaching before he goes off to compete in the CISM Military World Game.

“David is the best and the gym at East Durham College is amazing, I’m learning so much,” Phil said.

“Training with a professional boxer like Paul (Archer) has also been a great experience,” he added.

The 26 year old middleweight will join competitors from 110 other countries who will be participation in games being held on 16-24 July in Rio, Brazil.

The International Military Sports Council (CISM) is one of the largest multidisciplinary organisations in the world. They organise various sporting events for the armed forces of their 133 member countries. Soldiers, who may previously have met on the battle field, now meet in friendship on the sports playing field.

David Binns, Head Boxing Coach at East Durham College and who is also a Regional Coach for ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England), said: “Being in the Army he’s as fit as a butchers dog, so we have been able to really concentrate on working with him on the technical skills side of things and analysing his last fight helping him improve.

“The CISM will be a big step up for Phil, I wish him all the best for Rio – just wished I could go out there with him!”