LEGIONS Amateur Boxing Club have staged their end-of-season awards during lockdown, with European champion Paris Smith winning the club’s Boxer of the Season award.

Taking place over Zoom, a total of 14 awards were virtually handed out to the young boxers.

As well as winning Boxer of the Season, Paris won Knockout of the Season following her victory at the European Schoolgirls Championships back in August - becoming the first fighter from the city to win a European amateur title.

Elsewhere, Kien Patrick was named as the One to Watch, while Harrison Barker’s first bout was awarded as Debut of the Season.

The Bouncebackability and the Fight of the Season awards went to Reece Fitzgerald while Rosanna Bycroft and Jamie Leigh-Smith were named Hardest Trainer and Most Improved respectively.

Brad Casey, who reached the semi-finals of the National Championships late last year, was the recipient of four awards.

He won Clubman of the Season, Boxers’ Junior Boxer of the Season, Coaches’ Junior Boxer of the Season as well as having the honour of the Most Wins of any Legions fighter in the season.

Zach Evans, the Yorkshire Elite Challenge Belt holder at 69kg, also picked up multiple awards for his efforts during the past season.

The former world champion kick-boxer picked up Boxers’ Senior Boxer of the Season and Coaches’ Senior Boxer of the Season.

Legions Gym head boxing coach Ashley Martin admitted that he was disappointed with the early end to the amateur boxing season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but expressed his pride for his boxers' efforts throughout the campaign.

"It’s such a shame that the season ended early as we’d spent all year in preparation for these final few months," said Martin.

"Jayne and Lyla Bardauskas had advanced to the National Junior Semi-Finals.

"Zac Evans had advanced to the Yorkshire Semi Final of the Elite Championships following a convincing win in the Quarter final just before lockdown.

"And then Paris Smith, Riley Edeson, Reece Fitzgerald, Leo Atang, Jay-Jay Butler, Rosanna Bycroft and Reuben Smith were all set to be entered into the the National schools championships in April and May, where we collected three National Titles last year.

"Then there was the European Championships for the different age groups, where we were sure to have several Legions boxers in England Vests once again.

"At club level, we also intended on travelling to the East Midlands Box Cup, Hull Box Cup, Haringey Box Cup, and Monkstown Box Cup with the team too.

"So we really were about to hit the busiest part of our already busy season!

"Since lockdown started we’ve been keeping the team active with daily workouts, and technique and tactic sessions via Zoom and Facebook Live.

"And, more recently, we’ve been able to train outdoor one to one at social distance to keep the team ticking over for when we are finally able to box again."

Elsewhere at the club, two boxers occupied their time in lockdown by running marathons.

As challenges to themselves, 15-year-old Lyla Bardauskas and 14-year-old Brad Casey - running separately - completed the 26.2 miles.

Legions Gym are sponsored by SAY Scaffolding.