Coach proud of his boxers’ big effort

Bridlington ABC boxers before Saturday's show
Bridlington ABC boxers before Saturday's show

The town’s younger boxers put on an impressive display in the final boxing show to be held at the Club For Young People, before Bridlington ABC moves to bigger premises.

Saturday’s show featured a dozen bouts, with Rolson Larkham picking up the best home boxer of the night award after a comfortable win against an unbeaten opponent.

Bridlington head coach Damien Grant said: “I was very pleased with all the boxers. As usual, both in and out of the ring everyone showed great respect and teamwork.

“It was a real family atmosphere and we have a great team that I am proud to be part of.”

First up, Jimmy Cheston took to the ring against Reece Sanders of Rotherham, the same opponent he had a skills bout with last Monday.

Both boxers were perhaps less nervous, knowing who they were in with, and worked well and Cheston improved as the contest went on.

Otis Hirst took to the ring in his first skills bout, Grant said: “Despite a few nerves, Otis showed no fear and never came off the front foot. He performed very well for his first time in front of a crowd.”

Robert Larkham was due to have a competitive contest but difficulties finding an opponent meant that only a skills bout was available. Larkham boxed well, listed to his corner team and showed some good strength and boxing ability.

Josh Jones looked to put in a really improved performance in his skills bout. He and his opponent, Scarborough’s Joe Cappleman seemed well matched in a closely contested skills bout where the referee didn’t have to speak to either boxer, showing how disciplined they both were.

Rolson Larkham moved up the bill to the first competitive contest and showed his class as his strength helped him breeze past his previously unbeaten opponent Kyle Beer of Bolsover.

Ted Wray had a last minute replacement bout as his original opponent pulled out the night before.

Marshall Patrick, of Rockwood, was tough and after a close first round his strength came through and the referee stopped the contest.

Grant said: “This was the referee’s decision and at no point did Ted ask to quit or stop boxing. His determination and will to win are important qualities that will see him succeed later both in boxing and other aspects of life.”

Harvie Retallic was another boxer involved in his first competitive contest on home soil. After a slightly nervous start in the first round against Harry Calvert of Whitby, his confidence grew, as did his work rate.

It was a close bout but one that went in favour of the Bridlington youngster

Declan Potts was in a very close contest against Northallerton’s Kaine Elgie.

After a slow first round, Potts came back well in the second and seemed to do well in the third although his opponent did have a composed finish to the round and took the points decision.

Cam Connelly has been busy of late and continued by boxing on the home show. Matthew Knipe of Moss Side was another quality opponent for him, and had only lost one of his eight previous contests.

But Connelly showed how strong he is at his new weight and how dominant he can be, and with another two bouts coming up for him he will have a busy end to the season

Jack Marshall had a tough opponent, Kaylan Walls of Scunthorpe Imps, who had beaten him twice and was now heavier. Undaunted, Marshall was up for the challenge.

He struggled to get going in the first but had a close second round and a good third, but missed out on the decision.

Grant said: “He didn’t have to take that bout, especially on a home show but it’s all about learning.”

Topping the bill was James Precious, who was up against Moss Side’s Tom Rowan.

Precious boxed very well against a big southpaw opponent and Grant said: “There wasn’t much in the fight at all and although it didn’t go James’ way, he can be very proud of how he conducted himself throughout the contest.”