NINA Bradley suffered a narrow points loss against Leigh Halliwell as Boston Amateur Boxing Club hosted their annual show at Haven High.
Bradley found herself billed as the main event of the evening – and expectations were high.
Coming back from injury, she faced the tough opponent Helliwell, who has previously earned stoppage victories in her amateur career.
The two put on a superb contest, but Bradley found the girl from Barnsley to be a handful throughout, with the visitor taking victory.
The sell-out show saw 13 home-town fighters mix action, honest endeavour and skill.
He noble art of self defence was not evident as Nick Staples locked horns with Reece Hulls.
In a close battle, the lad from Leicester had a little more fuel left in the closing stages, to edge the decision – although both earned the applause at the end.
David Baggley huffed and puffed but couldn’t bring down Matthew Cable, the St Ives fighter taking the decision.
A close decision saw Aaron Johnson miss out against Imram Ravat.
As the saying goes, it takes two good ‘uns to provide a cracking contest.
That was the case as Shane Elding took on Patrick Fehily, from Lincoln.
The Lincoln lad’s reach was his advantage, but Elding never gave up the hunt and forced Fehily to hang onto his gains to take the win.
There was an aggressive intent from both Daniel Clark and Lincoln’s Matthew Marren – and it was always a case of victory going to whoever would stay strongest in the closing stages.
A series of body blows in the third round gave Clark the edge as he earned a narrow victory, also being named the fighter of the evening.
It became and uphill struggle for Ben Gaunt to keep Callum Mort at bay as his opponent from Barnsley had the height and reach advantages.
But credit should go to Gaunt, who made his opponent work hard for the decision.
Jared Brereton and Scunthorpe’s James McDonald both used their blows sparingly, preferring to jab and move in a skilful bout which McDonald won by the narrowest of margins.
Thomas Pogson’s plan to pick up points with the left lead against Bungy Smith seemed the right one.
But gradually the lad from Scunthorpe discovered the stamina for a final flurry, edging his way to a points decision.
Bourne ABC’s Jack Bailey earned a close decision success over Boston’s Patryk Jachowicz in a give-and-take contest.
Tirth Singh and Simon Clarke were close to exhaustion entering the final round. Singh had the home support to give him that extra lift to overcome his opponent from Bourne.
Kier Sellars gave a fine display of defence and counter attack in a convincing points decision over Nathan O’Shea.
The Lincoln lad put in a last-ditch effort in the final round, but Sellars stayed strong for the decision.
Boston’s Logan Hare and Chris Charalambou fought out an entertaining contest, where defensive work wasn’t in much evidence. And it was the strength of the Nottingham fighter that won through.
Boston’s Ross Batey did not fight after failing to secure an opponent.