Boston Amateur Boxing Club’s fighters showed their solidarity with clubmate Andy Waters as they hosted their annual home show on Saturday night.
The heavyweight was due to appear on the bill at Haven High, but withdrew from the show after the recent death of his brother and his girlfriend, who were killed in a road accident in Australia.
To show their support for Andy and his family, the Boston fighters wore T-shirts with the words ‘In Memory of Richard Waters 1989-2015’ emblazoned on them.
The first of the 10 bouts saw Coby Brown excite the crowd as he defeated Keiron Brennan, from Dronfield ABC, in the opening round.
Coby wasted no time getting into his stride, the ref stopping the contest in just 35 seconds.
Blake Emmerson came out all guns blazing, his eagerness to win in front of his home crowd apparent.
However, his opponent, Oskar Juchnevic, from Wisbech ABC, was troubling Emmerson with his long reach.
Emmerson managed to find a way past his opponent’s lead and his own offensive attacks were strong and rewarding.
At the final bell, the split decision went to the ‘Boston Bomber’.
Bue Kirasan was outclassed by his opponent Reece Farnhill of Sandygate ABC as the Boston corner retired him after he suffered a third standing eight count at the re-start of the second round.
Charlene Middlebrook was facing Natasha Rhodhen from IslingtonABC and she started strongly.
But as the bout went on, Rhodhen started to get a foothold on the contest.
Middlebrook was having success leading off with her strong backhand, but needed to follow on with more work effort, so the bout slipped away from her, losing on a split decision.
‘Ink Man’ Ronnie Goddard needed to put on a great display to overcome Christopher Preece as his last two outings ended in disappointment.
Goddard’s style has always been effective, but his defence has previously let him down.
However, hours of gym time has improved his qualities and a full house saw Goddard box his way to a split decision and a well-earned victory.
Boston’s Luidas Martinkenas lost to Jonty Carnegie of Merrydale ABC on a split decision.
It seemed as if Boston’s fighters were to be involved in split decisions all night, but Tommy Upsall hadn’t read the script.
Facing John Marlow, of Hero’s Gym ABC, Upsall put in one of his finest performances to date to win with a unanimous decision.
Boston’s Matthew Mooney faced Dwaine Bailey, from Jawaid Khaliq ABC, in a powerful contest, which Mooney took on a split decision.
The bill also included two additional bouts which did not feature fighters from Boston ABC.