Alex Desmond Farrell, East Durham College Head Boxing Coach Dave Binns, Coach Babis Statiou and Stathis Antonas in the ring at EDC's boxing gym

Greek Champions Visit College For Training Camp

Sat, 2002-09-07 01:00

Future World Champions? - (L-R) Alex Desmond Farrell, East Durham College Head Boxing Coach Dave Binns, Coach Babis Statiou and Stathis Antonas.

East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus is playing host to two Greek boxing champions over the next three weeks, ahead of their appearance in two major competitions.

Stathis Antonas and Alex Desmond Farrrell have come to England, along with their trainer Babis Statiou, from Falaraki in Rhodes, for a specialist training camp with East Durham College’s had boxing coach and England ABA national coach David Binns.

Stathis and Alex are preparing themselves for a tough month ahead, first competing in Rhodes at the Greek National Championships between 28-31 March before travelling to Sofia in Bulgaria for the World Youth Championships held between 21-25 April.

And Dave is pleased to have the lads here and hopes that his expertise can help them in their upcoming competitions.

Dave said: “It’s great to have the lads over for the training camp, they are real talents and it’s great to be able to help them ahead of their upcoming contests.

“The lads will be based in the region for the training camp, spending time with me working on certain areas of their performance as I look to help them fulfil their potential.

“Babis also has some fantastic connections with clubs around the region and they will be going out to these clubs for more practice and to swap tips with other up and coming boxers from the area.”

Babis has praised the facilities at the College and thanked Dave for sharing his expertise with his two boxers.

Babis said: “It’s great to be here in the north east for the camp.

“For boxing the College is fantastic with top class facilities, this combined with Dave’s expertise is really helping to push Stathis and Alex to the next level ahead of the championships.”