BOXING: 11 wins from 13 for Bridlington youngsters at the Spa

Ben Malone v Adam Smith (Capitol ABC)
Ben Malone v Adam Smith (Capitol ABC)

BRIDLINGTON ABC head coach Damien Grant was delighted after 11 of his 13 boxers won in the ring at Bridlington Spa last Friday.

BRIDLINGTON ABC head coach Damien Grant was delighted after 11 of his 13 boxers won in the ring at Bridlington Spa last Friday.

A Night of Boxing at the Bridlington SPA'Hosted by the Club for Young People'NBFP PA1311-26a'Club members

A Night of Boxing at the Bridlington SPA'Hosted by the Club for Young People'NBFP PA1311-26a'Club members

He said: “All boxers, win or lose, boxed really well. They were all matched with tough contests and they all stepped up to the mark and performed to a level above what they have been doing in the gym.

“The younger boxers really shone and displayed great skill and fitness. Some of the experienced boxers had extremely tough opponents and they all coped really well.”

Aaron Boyes walked off with the best home boxer award. Up against a tricky and streetwise opponent in Jack Winspear from Hartlepool, Boyes took a unanimous decision from the judges.

Tom Hebden made light work of Kingston ABC’s Tom Arnell, stopping him in the first round with a fierce body shot that left him badly winded. The same two clubs crossed swords again after the break, but the result was the same. Tyler Lane was a gutsy opponent for Brid’s Zac Stabler but the English champion was far too classy.

In the three senior contests, lightweight Liam Bowtell gave a really accomplished performance, one of the best of the night, to see off Luke Fisher from Doncaster.

Paul Dean grafted to a win over City of Hull’s Liam White in a middleweight bout and Darren Boyes rounded off the night by getting a majority decision over Jorvik’s Danny Holmes, whose efforts earned the best away boxer trophy.

Earlier in the evening, Bridlington’s British champion Kier Herrgesell had too much guile for his plucky opponent, Tom Bell of Doncaster Plant ABC. The only two Bridlington boxers to suffer defeats were Ben Malone, who was second best to Adam Smith of Capitol ABC, and Charlotte Jarvis who gave her all but was beaten by the technique of Burslem ABC’s Abbey Bates.

The night started off well for the host club with the first four boxers winning their bouts, after two skills contests.

A first appearance by Adam Church kicked off the evening. Making his debut, against Alec Beaumont from West Hull ABC, he impressed, lanidng some good shots and keeping mobile throughout the bout. His opponent looked promising too, and it would have been interesting to see who would have got the verdict.

Leah Smith became only the second female to represent the Bridlington club as she took on Bradford Police ABC’s Laura Hamond. Smith was on the front foot from the off, willing to take a few blows in order to land some of her own. The pace slowed in the second round but the hits remained powerful to the end, and Smith looked like she really enjoyed her first appearance in the ring and gave a good account of herself.

The smallest boxer of the night put on a big display, with Harvey Rowe getting a unanimous verdict over Callum Bennett from Parson Cross ABC in Sheffield. One particular right hand was a textbook shot but bennett took it well. Full of energy, Rowe found the middle round a little tougher but picked his shots more effectively in the third and maintain the upper hand throughout.

Good defence work by James Precious laid the foundations for his win against a solid-looking opponent, Kieran Gable from Mickey’s ABC in Selby. He went on the offensive more in round two and Gable took a stnding eight count in the third as Precious launched a succession of blows and got better and better as the figth went on.

In his first schoolboy contest, Herrgesell took on Brad Pearce from Parson Cross ABC, who had only fought once before. The Sheffield lad was a determined opponent but Herrgesell showed a good work-rate. Pearce kept himself within touching distance of a decision but didn’t quite do enough to stop Herrgesell enjoying a unanimous win on his debut.

Another impressive show from Billy Gibson against Bret Dickens from the Hard And Fast ABC in South Yorkshire. The home boxer managed to blend his technique with his enthusiasm and was a clear winner, with real power in his shots. Dickens took several heavy blows late in the fight but kept coming back for more, but the verdict was again unanimous.