Leeds Beckett tops BUCS Boxing rankings
16 February 2017 - Simon Gaskell
Leeds Beckett University has gone to first place in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Boxing rankings.
It comes after a weekend of medal-winning success at the BUCS Boxing Championships held at Staffordshire University between 3 and 5 February.
Between them, six fighters from Leeds Beckett secured three gold medals, a silver and bronze - totalling 41 BUCS points and a joint-first position in the rankings alongside Northumbria University.
Club captain Rob Bennett, a final-year Sports and Exercise Therapy student, took gold for a third consecutive year in the men’s 52-56kg intermediate category.
He said: “I said before we set off that we have not got the biggest team but, in terms of strength, we have got a good team.
“On the final day it was a dead serious atmosphere but then one of our coaches was just dancing across the room. That transpired into a full dance among all of our team and somehow we have won.
“I’m not sure many people have done that (won three golds in three years).
“The team is not far off five times as big as when I started on the committee. The team was struggling, didn’t have many AU members and was coming nowhere in competitions. Now we have just shy of 60 members and it was nice to win for the team and for myself as a send-off.”
Sports scholar, Ismail Khan, and Jake Goodwin also took golds in the 49-52kg open class and 69-75kg open class categories respectively.
Bradie Perkins won silver in the 69-75kg open class and Rick Popham took bronze in the 69-75kg novice category.