The century-old historic Everton Red Triangle gym had two success stories from the weekend as two of their top amateurs, Tony Preston and Alfie Satchell, won National titles in Newcastle.
Tony Preston, aged 12, won the Male Cadet Under 44kg Championships by beating opponent James Jordan (Newark) in the final, and Alfie Satchell, aged 13, won the Male Class A Under 32kg by beating Isaac Ward (Ward Deagnans).
Trainer Paul Stevenson said of his students: "Tony was brilliant! He had a really hard draw and had to win the tournament the hard way. He is still relatively new to the sport, so was a little inexperienced going in, and was matched against regional champions from all over the country, but he was brave and didn’t let anything faze him. His opponent in the final was a giant compared to him, but he boxed clever and got the win.
"Alfie also had a great tournament. He boxes at a lighter weight and got a bye through to the semis, where he beat a decent kid, and then went on to really shine in the final to win."
If the surname sounds familiar, that’s because Alfie’s father, Kevin, was a British, Commonwealth and European flyweight champion from Liverpool.
Stevenson also trained Alfie’s father Kevin as an amateur and all the way through to his successful professional career, where he retired undefeated in 2016.
Now Paul is training his son at the same age as when his father began to box.
"Alfie is a completely different fighter to his dad," said Paul. "Kev was much more of a seek and destroy fighter, whereas Alfie is more of a box-fighter."
Paul also heaped praise upon the other coaches that made the trip to the Vertu Motors Arena on September 25, stating: "We had a whole team of coaches there, with Anthony Humphries – he was a former amateur boxer for the club – my brother Michael Stevenson, Kevin Satchell and we have four other coaches as well that really put a lot of time into training the amateurs. Also, our Chairman Joan Stevenson who organises everything behind the scenes."
The successful gym in Albion Street is home to both amateur and professional boxers and has been producing champions for over 100 years.
Paul admitted to feeling very excited about the current crop of talent training there. “We’ve got good schoolboys, juniors and all the way through to the seniors, it’s a really good crop of boxers training there right now.
"We’ve also got great pro stable. We’ve got five pros right now, some on the verge of title fights and capable, I believe, of winning world titles in the coming years. Peter McGrail was the club’s first ever Olympian and now he’s turned over ready to win big in the professional ranks. I’d say that it’s the best pro stable we’ve ever had."