HARWICH Boxing Club celebrated another year of huge success at their annual meeting and presentation night.

It took place at their headquarters in Main Road, Dovercourt.

An appreciative audience heard of the boxers' exploits over the last season in the club’s 22nd year, since formation in April 1997.

Talented welterweight Rio Gordon scooped the President's Cup - the club's premier award - after amassing the club's best results over the year-long season.

He was also awarded the Tom Parsons Memorial Cup, for best senior boxer, and a share in the Harrison Heating Solutions Cup, for boxers' boxer-of-the-year.

The USC Shield club champion runner-up spot was shared between Gordon's brother, Paul, and welterweight Kilian Hardy.

The latter also added the KMS Cup, for most improved boxer, and Rotary Club of Harwich and Dovercourt Shield, for best elite novice.

In a family affair, Paul Gordon amassed four wins from six, with injury putting him on the sidelines for the tail-end of the campaign.

Along with the USC Shield club champion runner-up spot, he was also awarded the Harwich Shoecraft Cup for most committed boxer, which, to a large extent, was acknowledgement of his drive to arrange and self-fund a week-long mid-winter training camp in Cyprus.

Returning after a seven-year layoff, light heavyweight Conor Harvey was rewarded with the Ipswich Ex-Boxers' Association Smiler Perkins Trophy, for best senior prospect.

The 18-year-old was restricted to just two bouts over the season but, crucially, won both.

Another boxer to win two from two this season was 14-year-old Peter Rodrigues.

His exploits earned him a share of the boxers' boxer award and he was the outright winner of the Frankie Meacham Memorial Cup, for best club newcomer.

The Hip for best schoolboy boxer went to 13-year-old Peter Foster, who shows real commitment by travelling from Ipswich twice weekly throughout the season.

His highlight saw him record his first win at the third attempt back in January.

Freddie Beecham took the Rugby Club Shield for best club member, in response to his willingness to help at boxing shows while developing into a competitive boxer in the gym.

Head coach Martin Webb said: "It was always going to be hard to eclipse the outstanding season we had last year.

"However, we went close.

"I'm very proud of all the boxers' achievements over the last 12 months in the toughest of sports that needs real commitment to succeed.

"We will have a short break from full training now and then commence pre-season training towards the end of August."