Mike Norrish honour night

PUBLISHED: 14:32 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:12 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH amateur boxing has had a great many exciting nights in its 62-year history, but their forthcoming show on November 20, at the Pavilion, should prove to be the most memorable of all, writes Phil Crook.

EXMOUTH amateur boxing has had a great many exciting nights in its 62-year history, but their forthcoming show on November 20, at the Pavilion, should prove to be the most memorable of all, writes Phil Crook.

For the full length of its existence, one man had been there throughout it all. In July he was lost to the club and Exmouth said goodbye to one of its all time great sportsmen when Mike Norrish passed away.

Many tributes have since been paid to Mike and now the club gets the chance to show its gratitude for his loyal and unstinting support.

His wido,w Barbara, and their daughter, Tracey, will be the special guests as an evening to honour and celebrate Mike's life takes place.

Barbara has donated a trophy in Mike's memory which will be presented on the night to the most improved Exmouth boxer.

The proceeds of the draw will be split between The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research, the family's chosen charities.

The club has a planned bill of 14 bouts and the one that has been the hardest to match is the only female bout of the night which will feature Maisie Sunny Wake making her debut at 55 kilos.

With the other girls in the region all in action that weekend, it has been a case of scouring the country to come up with suitable opposition for Wake, and one of London's leading clubs - Finchley - have agreed to bring Lucy Murphy to Exmouth.

Murphy comes from renowned fighting stock; her father Sean was a leading featherweight boxer in the 1980s and '90s, winning three British titles and so gaining outright a coveted Lonsdale belt. And he went on to fight for the world title against Cardiff''s Steve Robinson but was knocked out in the ninth round.

After eight months in the gym, Wake is fit and totally motivated for what is sure to be an explosive encounter.

Lympstone's Matt Mason is set to top the bill against Minehead's Andy Bickham, which will see two seasoned boxers going head to head for the second time.

In May, Mason scored a points win when the pair clashed in Torquay and he will need to be at the top of his game as Bickham will no doubt be out for revenge.

Tickets for the show, priced at £10 are now on sale at Auto Save in Exeter Road.


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