Academy boxer Ben lifts English Youth title

October 2016

UCB Boxing Academy star Ben “The Bomber” Vaughan is the newly-crowned king of the ring after lifting the England Youth title at the weekend.

Ben, who joined the academy in September, seized the national title at the 64 kilogram weight category after a three-round final in Doncaster.

However, the ambitious 17-year-old has no time to put his feet up and rest as he is due to join the England team for a gruelling 10-day training camp in Ireland on Wednesday.

“The camp will be a great experience for me,” says Ben, who is a member of Kings Heath Boxing Club in his hometown of Northampton. “I have been on a three-day camp before and that was hard work so I am expecting to get back after 10 days and not be able to move.”

The UCB Boxing Academy is attracting a growing reputation for nurturing some of the country’s top young fighters. Despite only entering its third year of operation, the academy already boasts two national champions with Ben following in the footsteps of Carl Fail, now a member of the GB Podium Potential Team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The academy goes from strength to strength and 27 young people joined the programme last month.

Ben is on target to qualify with a Diploma in Sporting Performance and Excellence in 2018 and is also enrolled on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).

Encouraged by his father Mark, a former Paratrooper, he started boxing at the age of 11, initially as a kick-boxer. He first turned to boxing as a way of strengthening his hands and liked the sport so much he switched disciplines.

Ben said he joined the UCB Boxing Academy because he had heard positive reports about other fighters who have passed through the AASE training regime. “I thought I would come here and develop my skills and hopefully get picked up by the England team,” says Ben.

Now his ambition is to make the jump to Team GB and progress to the Tokyo Games. After that he has modest goals – to turn professional and become a world champion.

The 5ft 10in tall fighter reveals he got his nickname, “The Bomber,” because he is “heavy handed” in the ring.

“When I punch someone, I have a lot of power, so my uncle came up with ‘Bomber.’ One of my strong attributes is throwing shots to the body, like Ricky Hatton,” he says.