A soldier from Wisbech, has made a sensational debut to his Army boxing career by winning Most Gallant Boxer in the 1 Logistic Support Regiment Regimental Boxing Night.
Private Lewis Haddon, a driver in 2 Close Support Squadron of 1 LSR was narrowly defeated on points in a close middleweight bout, but managed to impress the referees so much that he won the award that evening after only taking up boxing two months earlier.
The 17-year-old, a former student at Neale Wade Community College, earned the respect of the crowd, judges, and his opponent as he showed grit and determination to compete in his bout.
A newcomer to boxing, and having only recently joined the regiment. He said: “Training was hard. It was both physically and mentally challenging. It all paid off at the end of the day though as it has helped me settle in.
“I got to know lots of people across the regiment and it was the first main thing I had done since arriving in the squadron.”
Haddon dedicated himself to the intensive training programme, working hard to build muscle mass and increase his weight efficiently, a strategy that paid off during his Preliminary bout, allowing him to compete in the finals.
When asked after how he felt about the fight and the award Haddon said: “Really proud, I wasn’t disappointed at all at losing on points because I gave it my all.”
His Officer Commanding Maj Mal Biggs MBE said: “Pte Haddon’s boxing career is unlikely to end soon. At only 17 he has already shown great technical ability and tremendous fighting spirit. He certainly is a hot prospect for the future.”