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KNOCKOUT! First fight success for Worthing amateur boxer

12 April 2022

By day student and by night boxer, celebrations are in order for Worthing College student, Abdul Sidhom, who took victory in his first match.

On Friday 25 March, Abdul stepped into the ring as part of the GB MET DiSE (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) Boxing Show against Ashford ABC boxer, Thomas Spendlove.   

Abdul, who studies Foundation Diploma (FdSc) in Sport, Exercise & Health Science, was proud to be supported by so many classmates and fellow boxers including Harry Radenhurst and Ernie Chapman. 

Abdul said: “I’m satisfied with how it went and the result, while its about performing at my best on the night, 90% is about the preparation and training before.   

“That’s why I’m extremely grateful for all the support and help my coaches and peers have given me in my training preparation.   

“I don’t think my debut would have gone this well without all this support.”   

Alongside his supportive peers, Abdul has been able to stay motivated and passionate through the support of Dave Hall, Deputy Head of Learning for Sport at Worthing College. 

Dave said: “It is great to see the likes of Abdul, Harry and Ernie study with us at the college on our successful Foundation Degree.   

“We are so proud of their efforts, and it was amazing for them to work as a team to support Abdul in his first amateur bout.”   

Although each round saw both boxers give it their all, Abdul eventually won by the end of the bout by a split points decision. 

Dave added: “These students show great work ethic and resilience, both in and out of the ring, and they are a credit to their families and the college.   

“Massive congratulations to Abdul on his maiden win!”