The Royal Signals Boxing Association (RSBA)

Promoting elite and novice boxing within the Corps

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Royal Signals Boxing Championships is confirmed for 2-6 April 2017 at Bramcote.

Into The Ring

Established in May 2012 The Royal Signals Boxing Association (RSBA) promotes boxing within the Corps. It also serves as a forum for elite level boxers from within The Corps to continue their sport when they return from Army level boxing.

Champions from the off

In June of our inaugural season The Corps won  the Army Boxing Championship in June 2012, At this point Bramcote became the home of Corps boxing, and a Corps’ boxing gymnasium was established.

Today Bramcote hosts both the Corps’ bi-annual training camp (EX BRAMCOTE BOXER) and the Corps’ boxing finals.  These events are run under the direction of the RSBA President, Lt Col Mike Fayers, the RSBA Chairman Maj Matt Eastman, Secretary Capt Pete Watson and the Corps Coaches; WO2 (RQMS) Nath Dorrian and Sgt Al Mousley.

Royal Corps of Signals UK Armed Forces Development Champions 2016. Pictured L to R – Cpl Matty Martin (welterweight), Sig Nick Wright (light heavyweight).

Don’t just bob & weave

Clinch the moment and go the distance at one of our training camps

Strength – Courage – Discipline

EX BRAMCOTE BOXER consists of a two-week training camp, open to all level of boxers from new-comers wishing to sample the sport to Combined Services Boxers.  The aim of EX BRAMCOTE BOXER is to develop boxers both physically and mentally at all levels, to promote a competitive Royal Signals Boxing Championships and to develop a stronger Corps Team.

The exercise has proved to be a massive success; Ex BRAMCOTE BOXER has taken new comers and guided them to international honours.

Royal Signals Boxers and Coaches

Royal Signals Boxing Championships

After a sabbatical of more than 90 years the Signals Boxing Championships re-emerged in April 2012.  Hosted by 30 Signal Regiment the event has grown year on year.  Not only does it give boxers the opportunity to be crowned Corps Champions, but the Inter Unit element gives both units and coaches the opportunity to fight it out. The Corps Championships also provides an opportunity for the Corps Coaches to talent spot and to select a team to prepare, train, compete and deliver the knock-out blow  in the Army Championships.

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Royal Signals Boxing Championships is confirmed for 2-6 April 2017 at Bramcote.

Hooked?

Fantastic Facilities

From cooking in the kitchen to hooking in the ring?

The Corps’ continuing and ever growing success is ultimately due to the superb facilities at Bramcote. The Corps Gym, previously a junior ranks kitchen, is an excellent resource, and has quickly become renowned as a Boxing Centre of Excellence – highly regarded at national level.

Home to Pros

Professional boxers, namely Martin Murray, Frankie Gavin and Tommy Langford have all used the facility at Bramcote as a base for their World Title Challenges, and they continue to do so.

Sgt Al Mousley is our link-man with the professional side of the sport; he is involved in World Championships Boxing and was part of the coaching team for Frankie Gavin in his IBF World Title fight against Kell Brook –  which was shown on Sky Sports.  The promotional training videos and interviews were also filmed at the venue in Bramcote.

Watch Again – Kell Brook V Frankie Gavin

The closing rounds…

The fight may not have gone Frankie’s way but when it comes to Royal Signals’ Boxing it seems that success breeds success. Undoubtedly Royal Signals Boxers account for a significant element of Army Boxing achievements.

Boxing - What You Should Know

Age - Experience - Weight

Within the Army, boxing ages reflect those of England Boxing. These are:

  1. Junior – deemed to be aged less than 17 years of age. Upon attaining his/her 17th birthday, an individual ceases to be a Junior boxer, irrespective of previous success in earlier rounds of current competitions.
  2. Youth – a boxer that is 17 years and whose 19th birthday does not fall within the current calendar year (18 yr old boxers who do not turn 19 years old in the calendar year may elect to box in the Elite category as of their 18th birthday).
  3. Elite – a boxer who is over 19 years of age (or reaches 19 within the next calendar year) and 40 or under within a calendar year or an 18 year old boxer who has elected to box within the Elite category.

The experience categories within the Army BA reflect, where possible, those of the National Governing Body (NGB) and are given as:

  1. Male Development Class ‘A’. A boxer with 0-10 bouts recorded on his Registration Card.
  2. Male Development Class ‘B’. A boxer with 11-21 bouts recorded on his Registration Card or a boxer who is adjudged to be above the prevailing standard and has been upgraded.
  3. Female Class A. A boxer with 0 – 6 bouts recorded on her Boxing Registration Card.
  4. Female Class B. A boxer with 7 -14 bouts recorded on her Boxing Registration Card.
  5. Male or Female Elite Class Boxer. A boxer who has entered an Open Championship or a boxer who has elected to box an Elite opponent.

Note: Pre-service experience (including junior bouts and all martial arts bouts) count towards a boxer’s experience category.

The following table lists the weight categories in which seniors can participate:

WEIGHT CATEGORY  WEIGHT CRITERIA
Light Flyweight Over 46kg, not to exceed 49kg
Flyweight Over 49kg, not to exceed 52kg
Bantamweight Over 52kg, not to exceed 56kg
Lightweight Over 56kg, not to exceed 60kg
Light Welterweight Over 60kg, not to exceed 64kg
Welterweight Over 64kg, not to exceed 69kg
Middleweight Over 69kg, not to exceed 75kg
Light Heavyweight Over 75kg, not to exceed 81kg
Heavyweight Over 81kg, not to exceed 91kg
Super Heavyweight Over 91kg

The following table lists the weight categories in which females can participate.

WEIGHT CATEGORY WEIGHT CRITERIA
Light Flyweight Over 45kg, not to exceed 48kg
Flyweight Over 48kg, not to exceed 51kg
Bantamweight Over 51kg, not to exceed 54kg
Featherweight Over 54kg, not to exceed 57kg
Light weight Over 57kg, not to exceed 60kg
Light Welterweight  Over 60kg, not to exceed 64kg
Welterweight Over 64kg, not to exceed 69kg
Middleweight Over 69kg, not to exceed 75kg
Light Heavyweight  Over 75kg, not to exceed 81kg
Heavyweight Over 81kg

Royal Signals Accolades

L/Cpl Turbitt – crowned English Champion in January 2016

2015 successes included:

National Representatives

  • LCpl Turbitt

National Champions

  • Sgt Silvera
  • Sig James

Combined Services Champions

  • Sgt Kavanagh
  • Sgt Silvera
  • Cpl Martin
  • LCpl Turbitt
  • Sig James

Army Champions

  • Cpl Martin
  • LCpl Curwood

Army Finalists

  • LCpl Uraj Punn
  • Sig Bayford

Boxing

The future of Boxing within the Corps is extremely bright – Corps Championships took place in March and The Corps continues to deliver EX BRAMCOTE BOXER twice yearly,  Planning is also underway for Corps boxers to attend the famous training locations in California, in the near future.

Contact Royal Signals Boxing

Those wishing to know more about the sport, or be a part of it’s growing success should use the contact form below to get in touch via our secretary Capt Pete Watson.

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