Boxers strut their stuff at home show

Dylan Harmon.
Dylan Harmon.

Boston Amateur Boxing Club fighters showed what the town had to offer on Saturday night.

The club’s home show, hosted by Haven High Technology College, saw fighters from the Field Street Gym showcase their skills in familiar surroundings.

The top of the bill fight saw Tommy Upsall face Connor Holloway (Attleborough ABC), the Bostonian seeking revenge for his recent defeat to the same opponent.

And Upsall got his own back with victory, dedicating his fight to pal Darren Chamberlain, who recently passed away.

Upsall started well, forcing the referee to intervene in the opening round and giving Holloway a standing eight count.

Upsall got better and better as he warmed to the task.

At every opportunity he forced Holloway on the back foot, punishing him with his accurate boxing.

The third round saw Hollaway spit his gum shield out and taking full advantage of the respite given to him.

But it was all in vain as Upsall cruised to a superb victory.

Boston’s Michelle Cox is new to the club and she faced Emma Percival (Starbox Gym), who was the much shorter boxer.

Cox used the ring well and her long range lead never stopped working, producing quality throughout the contest as she won by a unanimous decision.

In the fight of the night, Gel Finch boxed old adversary Jessie Stevens (Guilford City ABC).

Finch had won the previous bout, just a week earlier, and again Stevens found the Boston ABC fighter on top of her game.

Clearly there was no love lost between the two competitors, but Finch put together some great combinations, her powerful back hand having the desired effect to help her earn a unanimous victory.

Demantas Sofonvas was giving away weight to Oliver Bell (Empire ABC).

Sofonvas trains really hard and always gives maximum effort,and his bout was no different.

However, Sofonvas struggled to use his power, his long range lead falling short at the elbow at times.

But he never backed away from the challenge, despite Bell claiming the unanimous decision.

Dylan Harman showed skills beyond his years as he dominated the opening round against Jojo Connor (Swales Gloves, Kent).

Eager to start the second round well, Harman destroyed Connor, his power too much for the sheepish Kentish boxer who retired on his stool at the end of round two.

This was Harman’s first TKO victory.

Callum Parker boxed well in his contest with, Shayden Walmsley (Grimsby ABC) despite a standing count as early as the first round.

Parker got the bit between his teeth and, for the next two rounds, was at his very best.

A split decision went in favour of the Grimsby boxer.

Kian Penn boxed very well against MacKenzie Flannery, of Lincoln’s Terry Allen Unique Boxing Club, but lost on a split decision.

Harvey Elding and Middlesbrough ABC’s Faysil Hussain had equal records ahead of their fight, with both looking for win number three.

In a great contest Elding found Hussain difficult to deal with, and the verdict went to the lad from the north east.

In a bout of non-stop action, Billy Buxton (Border City) claimed the split decision against home-town youngster Jimmy Britton, although there was little to separate the two.

Harvey Harman opened the show with a skills bout against Grimsby Boxing Academy’s Harrison Shaw.

Both boxers received the warm applause of the audience.