Thomas Pogson’s ABA quest is over, but William O’Connor and Titus Ciplys have reasons to be cheerful

Titus Ciplys.
Titus Ciplys.

Thomas Pogson’s quest for glory in the junior Amateur Boxing Association Championships came to an end on Sunday.

Pogson - the East Midlands champion - suffered a 4-1 defeat to Shrewsbury ABC’s John Price at Birmingham’s Great Barr Leisure Centre.

The Boston ABC fighter found his opponent difficult to compete with and was unable to box his own strategy.

‘Tommy Gun’ Pogson - the cousin of Boston’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Callum Johnson - claimed his Midlands title after victory against Stamford ABC’s Elonzo Smith in the 75k section at Scunthorpe three weeks ago.

Fellow Boston member William O’Connor fared better, although he is still to see action.

O’Connor won his East Midlands title due to a lack of opponent - turning up to discover he was the only competitor in his weight category - and the same thing happened on Sunday.

His weekend opponent withdrew on the morning of the competion, so young gun O’Connor progressed to the next round although he is still waiting to throw leather.

On Saturday night, Boston ABC held their annual open show at Haven High Technology College.

The show got off to a great start as Adrianna Finch boxed well against Beverly Meggitt from City of Hull ABC.

This was a quality bout, with both boxers displaying good footwork and upper-body control.

Arguably, this was the fight of the night, with both boxers receiving raptuous applause from the delighted crowd.

The Hull girl claimed the majority decision on the night.

The remainder of the home team did not fare any better, as all but one lost their bouts.

Aaron Johnson looked to be on his way to a comfortable win against Danny Wellings.

But he suffered a setback in the third round when he was caught with a solid right hook, sending him to the canvas.

Johnson weas deemed unable to continue, his opponent winning by knockout.

Debutant Ruslans Smirnovs lost to Joe Williamson of Dereham ABC by a unanimous decision.

The Boston boxer displayed moments of good boxing, but moments of inactivity in all the rounds was the deciding factor in this contest.

Junior Keir Sellars lost all three rounds to Keiron Lee from Lincoln’s Terry Allen School of Boxing, the Boston boxer performing under par.

Justas Pundzius was on the wrong side of a majority decision agtainst Christian Kosongo from Braunstone Golden Gloves.

However, Boston’s Titus Ciplys was the evening’s success story, winning by knockout in his contest with Charlie Sykes of Dereham ABC, bringing something to cheer for the home support.