Engage Communities are very pleased to announce that Round House’s talented boxing coach Jamal Le’doux has been selected to train with Great Britain’s boxing squad. Here’s an article on Jamal published in The Sentinel on Friday, August 31, 2012:
Boxing: Jamal Ledoux gets chance to emulate GB Games stars
POTTERIES starlet Jamal Ledoux has been called up to train with the Great Britain squad.
Ledoux will head to Sheffield next month for a four-day camp with the coaches who masterminded Britain’s success in this summer’s London Olympic Games.
And if he impresses, the 21-year-old light heavyweight from Hanley could clinch a place in the squad and thereby qualify for crucial funding.
Ledoux has been handed the chance to secure his fighting future after winning the Midlands ABA light-heavyweight championship last season.
Impact ABC coach Andy Sedgmore said: “I’m not surprised Jamal has been called up.
“Everything we’ve been working on is now coming together.
“Technically, he’s very good, a real handful for anyone.
“He’s been having 50-50 spars with top-class lads and that has really helped to bring him on.
“Going up to Sheffield will take Jamal out of his comfort zone and I’m sure he will do well there.
“If he keeps pushing on and progressing, then the next 12 months could be very exciting for him.”
Sedgmore has been coaching Ledoux since Impact ABC first opened their doors four and-a-half years ago, and he was one of the club’s four champions last season.
Liam Berrisford was beaten in the final of the Junior ABA championships after first winning Midlands honours, while Matthew Birks and Nathan Russo were both Midlands champions in the ABA Novice and CYP championships respectively.
Russo has gone on to turn professional after winning the Best Boxer award at the Viking Cup.
Sedgmore added: “The squad have grown up together and these are exciting times for the club.”