Father and son aim to carve their name into boxing club’s history
Boxing fans will be treated to a real family affair when a father and son aim to carve their name into a Norwich club's 95-year history.
Scott Didwell, 33, is scheduled to get into the ring for the first time later this year on a night he will never forget at Dunston Hall.
And it will be an extra special occasion for the rookie because he will be following in the footsteps of Lewis, 14, who will compete earlier that evening.
Having proudly watched his son represent Norwich Lads Amateur Boxing Club, founded in 1918, on numerous occassions already, the debutant is hoping he can perform as admirably when he dons his gloves.
Didwell senior, who became vice-chairman of the Lads' outfit earlier this year, said: 'It's going to be an incredible feeling. It's going to be the third most important thing in my life, after my wedding and the birth of my children. To box for the first time, alongside my son, is going to be one of the proudest nights I'll ever have.
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'He'll box before me but I will watch him 100pc. I'm the mature side of 33. I'm grown up enough to deal with his result if it's a negative one. I want to be out there with him. I can't miss that.'
The pair, of Coleburn Road, Lakenham, are believed to be the first father and son duo to don the vest of the famous lads' club – especially at the same event. Lewis has been wearing the organisation's colours since January 2011 and Scott says his son's dedication inspired him to step between the ropes.
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However, he admits a desire to lose weight before renewing his wedding vows with wife Anna in March last year was the main reason he took to the gym in a desperate attempt to get in shape.
In about 18 months he has dropped from 19st to 12st, helped by dieting and exercising, and admits he's never felt better ahead of the grand dinner show at the hotel – now in partnership with Norfolk's oldest boxing club.
'I was well overweight and always had a great interest in what my son was doing. I was 100pc with him and used to watch him from the viewing area,' said Scott, who, like Lewis, will not know his opponent until much nearer the night.
'I always wanted to make the next step but I was a lot bigger than everyone else. But eventually I started speaking to the guys and they took me in as one of their own, I lost a bit more weight, and I started to find it a bit easier. I didn't spar for three months. I just blended in with the crowd and did circuits.
'Boxing has changed my life. Lewis and I regularly train together. It's great to be even closer to him now. We're like best friends.'
Scott will compete as a light heavyweight (76kg) while the 14-year-old is set to face a 44kg opponent. They are lined up to join the club's senior stars James Collins and Frank Sictorness on the 12 to 15-bout card. Two leading Norfolk pro boxers, Sam Sexton and Danny Macintosh, are expected to be special guests at the event.
The 240 tickets for the show sold out in two days. Contact Scott on 07714 678668 to put your name on the reserve list.