Festive Fun Boxing Gym Style!

by Fran on December 21, 2013


Professional Boxer vs New Blood!

This is a little light relief. Andrew Colquhoun is an up-and-coming professional boxer. I have known Andrew for a long time now having coached him through many years as an amateur. Being the type of lad Andrew is he spends a good deal of his time working with the youngsters in the amateur boxing club where he learned his trade.

Suffice it to say he has his own unique style of working with the kids, built around a staple of poking fun at them pretty much constantly. However, he does this very much tongue-in-cheek and imparts some really smart knowledge to the boxers.

On 20th December 2013, Andrew fulfilled a promise to the kids class in the boxing club in that he would give them the opportunity to spar him, en masse! They jumped at the chance to pummel their mentor. Strange world isn’t it.

There are 2 things that I really like about this very short clip (bear in mind the actual ‘spar’ went on for around 10 minutes):

  1. The sneaky shots that Andrew plants on some of the kids. Proper funny ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. A few of the kids looking to maintain their technical discipline during this melee, whilst others simply wade in looking to clobber Andrew with everything including the kitchen sink!

Enjoy, and my warmest best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year.




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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry December 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Helllo Fran,Thanks for the Christmas wishes mate.I hope you and your family have a brilliant Christmas and New Year.You’ve done a great job throughout the year with the site and I wish you continued success into 2014 and beyond.Maybe you can put the extension on hold and visit our part of the world instead next year.(just kidding mate,gotta keep the mrs happy of course)Anyway Fran,enjoy the break and I look forward to more of the same in the New Year.It’s a terrific site and a great credit to you.Best Regards Terry


Fran December 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm


You are a true gentleman mate. Thanks for the kind words on the site. It’s a labour of love and I do really like connecting with people around the World, especially on the subject of boxing. The site appears to help people and that means a lot.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones Terry at this festive time. You can be assured that the next time I make it Down Under I will stop by and visit.


John Traynor December 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

Not sure if many people not from Liverpool will quite appreciate the Our Day Out bit but it made me laugh.

Happy Christmas Fran



Fran December 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hahaha. You need to be a Scouser AND of a certain vintage to get that one John!

Glad it was a giggle for you, it was even funnier during gym time.

Merry Christmas mate.


John Traynor December 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

“Like a Fight Club version of Our Day Out” – Brilliant.


Samir from Paris December 23, 2013 at 8:26 am

Hi Fran,

Nice video. They were smoking like Joe Frazier in there ! (just re-watched the Fight of The Century, Frazier – Ali I and what a fight ! Piece of History in so many ways !).

Merry Christmas to you and your family Fran, and thank you for everything that you do, providing your knowledge of the Sweet Science, in a cool and humble manner. God saves you and your family.

Cheers !

P.S : forgive my poor english, I’m just a froggie !! HA HA !


Fran December 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Thank you Samir. That’s a really nice comment and your English is very, very good!

You are very welcome. In fact, I should be thanking you and all of the other supporters of the site for taking the time to read and enjoy what I produce. It makes it all very rewarding.

Thank you Samir. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Charlie Toland December 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

Fran sorry to be noisy what size ring they in just starting gym and its a small area about 1300 sq feet trying to make most of space thanks

merry christmas


Fran December 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I’ll check in the week for you Charlie, but I think it’s about 14ft x 14ft. It’s quite a bit smaller than our main ring but it very much does the job.


alexander December 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

Hi Fran, thanks for the Xmas wishes, good to see these kids having fun in the Ring. There’s me just turned age 71 only 45 minutes ago, and I started going to the Boxing Clubs, when I was only age 8, just like some of them I suppose. And I am still working out at the Boxing Gyms. I probably have the fastest hands, smartest action on the speed ball, and slickest feet in Shadow Boxing. For over 70 year old’s. Any takers? But I won’t say too much about my sparring as I am usually on my knees gasping for air after 30 seconds. I hope these kids benefit from the Boxing training and gym culture as I have. All the best to everyone, Alexander, big heid um a no! Well its my Birthday


Fran December 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Hey Alexander

Many happy returns on your birthday! I’m sure the memories of being that wee man walking into the gym are very fresh in the mind. To still be walking the walk all these years later is testimony to you and indeed the sport that helped mould you.

Thanks for the comment Alex. Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas and a Happy Hogmanay ๐Ÿ™‚


Charlie December 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm



Justin December 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Merry Christmas Fran. Keep the videos coming fantastic insight, and technical knowledge being handed over to those who need it and are certainly gaining loads. Once again thanks and merry xmas


Fran December 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Cheers Justin, and Merry Christmas to you. There’ll be many more videos and articles in 2014, of that you can be assured.


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