FORMER cruiserweight world champion Glenn McCrory dropped in to a training session with Taunton Amateur Boxing Club last week.

The 54-year-old was British and Commonwealth champion in the 1980s, going on to hold the IBF cruiserweight world title in 1989.

Since retiring in 1993, he has worked as a pundit on Sky.

A club spokesman said: “Big thanks to Glenn McCrory who came down and took some of the lads on the pads.”


LAST Saturday saw the last show of the amateur boxing season for Taunton’s Blueflames Boxing Club.

Boxing at King’s ABC (Cheltenham) was Taunton’s Ernie Shorten, against local boxer Jack Green.

Shorten, a student at Wellington School, left his best performance of the season, for his final bout, with an accomplished and very skilful performance.

From round one, Shorten forced his opponent back with some classy boxing, showing his potential to be a very good boxer in the future.

The Cheltenham boxer struggled to stay with Shorten’s pace and accuracy and the Taunton boxer looked to be on top throughout the bout.

The remaining two rounds went much the same as the first, with Shorten boxing at his best.

All three judges agreed the Blueflames boxer had done enough to deserve the win, therefore winning by a unanimous decision.

On the same night, Blueflames’ most experienced boxer was having his 50th bout at Bideford.

Taunton’s Lewis Scutt was boxing Welsh champion Joe Smith from Bonymaen ABC.

Scutt, who previously boxed for Sydenham ABC, has had a great season, with the climax being crowned Western Counties light heavyweight champion.

The bout with the Welsh champion was as close as could be with both boxers having their moments of success, making for an entertaining spectacle for the large Bideford crowd.

Unfortunately for Scutt, two of the three judges thought the Welsh boxer deserved the win, although many in the crowd thought Scutt had done enough to get the decision.

A rematch is likely when the new amateur boxing season begins in September.