Boston ABC fighters put on a show for the home crowd

Ashley Goddard.
Ashley Goddard.

Boston ABC fighters got the chance to show off their skills on home soil as the club competed at the annual Round Table show at Haven High on Saturday.

Matchmaker Dave Goddard again put together a series of entertaining bouts, with oppsition coming from clubs in Dudley, Sheffield and Grimsby, among others.

Boston’s Tommy Upsall took on M. Al-Qotaibi of Sheffield Hill Top in an Elite contest.

Both boxers were evenly matched, with Upsall having success with close inside tactics.

His opponent had a height and reach advantage, but his continued holding was smothering Upsall’s efforts.

The Bostonian was urged to attack his opponent’s body, following with a combination to his exposed left hand side.

Despite Upsall’s best efforts, the Sheffield fighter claimed a generous unanimous decision.

Ashley Goddard was determined to give the crowd something special on his return to the ring, but Scunthorpe’s K. Sayd was in no mood to give in easily.

A strong opening round saw both boxers exchange strong offensive attacks, with Goddard making the round his as he caught his opponent with a strong hook.

He was urged to start the second round as he ended the first, but both pugilists had good spells.

The third round had the crowd on their feet as both boxers went for a strong finish.

After two hard rounds behind them, technical errors were forgiveable, but neither shirked aggression before Goddard was handed the unanimous decision.

Boston’s Scott Harman faced R. Hughes of Jawaid Khaliq and both boxers gave the crowd a fine display of offensive movements.

The bout was so close, but a split decision went to Hughes.

Bue Kirasan faced J. Lewis of Priory Park but, despite his valiant display, he lost out to the Birmingham lad.

James Teft had the opening round under control in his debut bout against Grimsby’s J. Lazenby, the north Lincolnshire man feeling the effects of a strong lead.

Both boxers showed great courage, but the bout slipped away from the Boston man as Lazenby won by a unanimous decision.

Angelica Finch, Boston’s only female competitor on the show, had early success against Northallerton’s C. Pringle thanks to her southpaw stance.

However, they were soon hampered as her oppoent used close quarter tactics to steal the bout.

Home town fighter Coby Brown faced Awais Ali of Priory Park ABC in an entertaining contest which saw the Birmingham pugilist claim a unanimous decision.

The evening also featured four exhibition bouts from some of the promising cadets.

Harry and Jimmy Britton, along with Callum Hancock and Dylan Richardson, had the audience on their feet.

The quartet and their opponents all displayed great technique beyon their years in offence and defence.