Former multiple time ABA boxing champion Stevens rejoins March ABC with senior ABAs on the agenda

Charlie Stevens, pictured in 2012.

Charlie Stevens, pictured in 2012. - Credit: Archant

Five-time national amateur boxing champion Charlie Stevens is back at the club where he learnt his craft … March ABC.

The 19-year-old, from Upwell, has been working with chief trainer Dave Cole, who has known him since he was 10, for the past six weeks.

Stevens has won three Junior Amateur Boxing Association titles (in 2008, 2011 and 2012) and is a two-time Great Britain champion, having won the three nations championship in 2008 and 2011.

He left March ABC to join West Ham Boys ABC in 2012, but has only had six bouts in the past three years.

March ABC trainer Dave Cole says he is pleased to have Stevens back at the club.

He said: “He had been with March ABC since he was 10 but he had the idea that joining a bigger club would open new doors – that never materialised.

“He didn’t get the one on one coaching because they have so many stars.

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“He only boxed six times in three years, which is no good for anybody. You should be boxing 10 times a year.

“We’re pleased to have him back. It’s good for him and good for the club.”

Cole says Stevens’ development had stalled at West Ham, but he is starting to get things moving in the right direction.

He said: “We’ve been back working together for the past six weeks. He left for three years but when he returned he was doing the same things he was doing as a 15 year-old - he hadn’t progressed.

“But he’s been training hard and the one on one stuff we’ve been doing has made a hell of a difference already.”

Cole says the club will look to get Stevens at least three bouts before entering him in the senior ABAs in April.

He said: “We’re looking at getting him three or four bouts before April and lots of sparring to get him to the level that he needs to be at.”