A CREWKERNE resident, Moken Maverick Mills, 11, has won the Londsdale Mtk Global Box Cup in Penrith.

The Mtk Global Cup is a competition that hosts boxers from all over the UK and Europe in a three day event which was live streamed on pay per view.

The competition held 150 bouts per day across 5 boxing rings across different age groups.

Moken competed against three boxers over the three days winning each fight to claim the Championship Belt.

Chard & Ilminster News: The moment Moken Mills won, his Dad/coach Larry Mills celebratesThe moment Moken Mills won, his Dad/coach Larry Mills celebrates

His opponents were well schooled but his quality was evident throughout the competition; stopping one of his opponents in the 3rd round and then beating another convincingly in the final.

He fought out of the Sturminster Newtown Boxing Club and will be returning in April 2022 to defend his belt.

Moken's father, Larry Mills who is also his trainer, has started a boxing gym in Crewkerne to provide a place where people can get into the sport of boxing.

"I'm a level two England boxing coach and have been in and around the boxing scene since I was a young lad.

"Boxing gave me the discipline, focus and family environment that I needed at a young age and the Crewkerne Boxing Club hopes to do the same for the next generation," Mills said.

Mills is also a coach at Sturminster Newtown BC but decided the Crewkerne area needed its own local gym and that is why set it up.

The club officially opened in August and has since had a great reception from the community.

Chard & Ilminster News: Junior boxers at Crewkerne Boxing ClubJunior boxers at Crewkerne Boxing Club

"It has been a massive success; since we opened our little club has gone from strength to strength," Mills said.

"We have had as many as 70 people through the doors in one evening and just in the last week we have been assessed by England Boxing and are now proudly officially affiliated with them, which is a huge achievement."

The Crewkerne Boxing Club passed all the criteria for affiliation with flying colours and it now means they are in the Olympic pathway.

The success of the club has been helped by a number of local companies offering sponsorship to help buy new training equipment.

But at the end of the day Larry Mills said the club is only as good as its coaches.

"Our success stems from our team of coaches and organisers who are all equally passionate about the sport, experienced and qualified through England Boxing."

"We offer a high level of training to our members which is becoming clear as our boxers are developing, we have some great talented boxers at our club and we are looking forward to seeing them compete next season."

The club is always welcoming new boxers of any age, any gender and of any skill level.

So if you want to give it a try head over to their Facebook page - Crewkerne Boxing Club to find out more.