Boxing: Whittaker’s Wolves take giant steps

Wolves Den Boxing club, Walsden, members, from the left, Mick Whittaker, Gavin Horton, Mark Oldham, Duane Sandilands and Darren Clancy
Wolves Den Boxing club, Walsden, members, from the left, Mick Whittaker, Gavin Horton, Mark Oldham, Duane Sandilands and Darren Clancy

Wolves Den boxing club at Walsden started with ex-pro Mick Whittaker using a small room at the back of Setdale Joinery for training.

When word got out that he was training there people started to ask if they could join him.

Eventually he had to extend the gym as more kids wanted to join in and things had to become more official.

As the numbers grew the gym had help from “Step 2” who pay for the 10-19 year olds to go.

Calderdale Council also help towards the costs.

In two years things have grown since and the club is now affiliated with the ABA.

It has three ABA coaches and five coaches in all, who are first aid certified and have CRB checks.

“We are aware that a lot of people are wary of coming to a boxing gym to train, whether they come for fitness or to learn to box,” said Mick.

“We use a gradual training method where we encourage progressive training and never ask anyone to box unless they want to and personally request it.”

There are some promising youngsters there, including Adam Ducksberry, Jacob Holden. Samantha Walmsley and Jack Hanson.

Senior boxers include Robert Bostock and Duane Sandilands, who has already fought as a youth and is a good prospect.

It costs £2 per session 7pm - 9pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Youngsters aged 10-19 come for free but there is a £1 charge for under 10s.

The club is also seeking sponsors.

Anyone who is interested in the club can call at the sessions or ring Mick Whittaker on 07956165526.