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March 2nd 2015

LOCAL RESERVIST WINS FIRST FIGHT FOR ROYAL MARINES BOXING TEAM

A Reservist from Nottingham has fought his way to victory in his first official Royal Marines Boxing Team fight.

Marine Alex Reed, aged 27, who lives in Long Eaton, was selected to join the Royal Marines Boxing Team thanks to his passion for the sport and having had previous experience in the ring at a younger age.

Alex trains on a weekly basis with the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) detachment in Nottingham and enjoys being part of an elite force that allows him to take part in first class training exercises and potentially deploy on operations.

Prior to joining the Royal Marines Boxing Team Alex explained that he had to get himself prepared to be the best he could be in the ring. Alex said: “Although my boxing career started when I was 16 years-old, I have been out of the ring for quite a while due to my other commitments. It’s been about a year and a half since I last boxed, so I felt the pressure was on to get myself ready to be a part of the Royal Marines team and represent my detachment at a national level.”

Although Alex is a Reservist and works full time in his civilian career as a Railway Engineer for Network Rail, he was invited to join the Regular (full-time) Royal Marines Boxing squad, which he felt was a great honour.

Alex continued: “I spent two months preparing for the bout at Trinity Amateur Boxing club  alongside my civilian commitments and then joined up with the Royal Marines Boxing Team for two weeks full time and pushed myself harder than ever. It was good to train with the lads and not have the usual distractions of everyday life.

“The match was between the Royal Marines and the Kent Select Squad. The lad I boxed against was of a similar age and experience to me. I won the fight unanimously and was also awarded the best boxer of the night. This was a great experience for me and proved to me personally that I deserved my place on the team.

“I came back to a really warm welcome at my Reserve detachment, and really appreciate all of the opportunities I have been given since I joined the Royal Marines Reserve in 2011.”

Alex hopes to box his second match for the Royal Marines team later this year.

RMR Nottingham is inviting those interested in learning more about becoming a Reservist to come along to their open day on Saturday 14 March at Foresters House, Swiney Way, Nottingham NG9 6QX from 10am.

To find out more about joining the RMR please contact 0345 600 3222 or visit: www.royalnavy.mod.uk for more information.