Fighting talk leads to Bunce’s Assembly show

Under the watchful eye of TV pundit and author Steve Bunce, Racing Club Warwick ABC are set to play host to a gala show at The Assembly in Leamington.

Monday’s show, the first since the death of the club’s patriarch Jackie Turpin, will feature emerging boxers from Racing Club, Cleary’s and Kineton alongside fighters from Stratford and Triumph.

Bunce’s appearance at the show came about after a chance meeting with Racing Club assistant coach Mark Walmsley.

“For someone as busy as Steve Bunce to be even interested in attending an amateur show like this just shows what a special sport it is,” said Walmsley.

“The quality of these shows can be extraordinary with some of the boxers really showing some sublime skills and some of the lads competing as first-time novices.

“These individuals have been so dedicated that this kind of boost could really up their game.”

Walmsley continued: “Steve was really enthusiastic. He obviously knew Jackie Turpin, although he wasn’t aware of our club, so I am hoping that this show, and more importantly, our boxers can soon change that.”

Bunny Johnson, another name familiar to the older generation of boxing fans, is also hoping to lend his support.

“Bunny was great,” said Walmsley. “What a character. He really has seen and done it all.

“He showed great interest in the club and with him being a Lonsdale belt-holder and former British heavyweight champion his presence will be welcomed with open arms.”

Tickets for the night can be purchased directly from The Assembly and there will also be a limited number of tickets on sale at the door.

Doors open at 7pm with boxing set to commence at 8pm.

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