The girls take centre stage at Spa boxing show

Bridlington ABC
Bridlington ABC

Two of Bridlington’s female boxers stole the show at another thrilling fight night at the Spa last Friday.

In her final bout before heading off to university, Charlotte Jarvis was named Bridlington’s boxer of the night, while her team-mate Emily Asquith produced the only stoppage of the evening with a hard-hitting display.

Jarvis’ accolade came despite the fact she lost her bout to Chesterfield’s Jade Ashmore.

A late cancellation by her previous opponent meant Jarvis made a step up in class to tackle the England international.

The bout was a contrast of styles, with Jarvis busy from the off and Ashmore taking a much more measured approach. She also had a longer reach, which made life difficult for Jarvis, who never stopped going forward.

But Ashmore had a canny knack of disrupting her rhythm and the Derbyshire boxer took a unanimous decision, and the best away boxer of the night trophy.

Earlier, Asquith stopped Grimsby’s Lily Powles, after controlling their bout throughout.

An aggressive display, with some good combination, meant Powles took an eight count at the start of the third round, and the contest was stopped soon afterwards after a further barrage of blows.

A full house in the Royal Hall included two former European champions, Henry Wharton and Spencer Oliver, saw six of Bridlington’s boxers win their bouts.

Top of the bill was Roan Stanley and the welterweight refused to get bogged down by the negative tactics of Sheffield’s Connor McMain.

He was given little room to manoeuvre but his positive attitude saw him take a unanimous decision.

George Johnson showed a huge improvement from his last outing at the Spa as he breezed past East Hull’s Donald Clouden, an opponent who he had been beaten by in the past.

A number of useful body shots rocked Clouden and Johnson threw far more punches over the three rounds, finishing strongly to pick up a unanimous verdict.

When Paul Dean fights, you can guarantee a gutsy display and a vocal following, and it was no different as he went up against Chris Hale, from the Jennings Community ABC in Chorley.

An early big right hand got the crowd going and Dean stayed out of trouble, despite Hale stepping things up in the second round, the Bridlington middlewight produced more good work in the third to collect a split decision, in his first fight for almost a year.

Ben Malone was another Bridlington winner, returning from injury to get the nod over Tootill’s Aiden Whiting.

A good range of shots in the opening round set the tone and the biggest problem he had to overcome was from a low blow in the third round, but Malone dug deep to take the honours.

James Precious was up against St Paul ABC’s Kerem Aykut for the third time, a bout arranged with just a few hours’ notice.

With one win apiece, it was no surprise that the opening 90 seconds was nip and tuck.

Precious was able to land the cleaner shots, and pinned Aykut on the ropes at times, and collected a majority decision.

Danny Pallant’s debut produced a thrilling contest as he went toe-to-toe with Scunthorpe’s Elliot Henfrey.

What the heavyweight contest lacked in subtlety, it more than made up for in entertainment. Pallant weaved well in the early stages as he found his feet.

He battled on throughout the second round, despite taking more shots, but the bout burst into life in the final two minutes.

The two men traded blows, with Henfrey landing one particular punch which rocked Pallant, but somehow he not only recovered from, but went on to dominate the closing stages.

But Henfrey took a split decision back across the Humber Bridge.

Declan Potts was on the wrong end of the judges’ scorecards against an impressive Jaden Hughes, from Burmantofts.

It was a well-matched bout but Hughes always looked like he had a sting in the tail.

The tempo increased in the final round, and strong work by Hughes in the final minute, will have swayed the judges in favour of the Leeds youngster.

The evening began with three skills bouts involving Bridlington’s youngest boxers.

Josh Jones got the show underway, making his debut against William Williamson, from Jennings Community ABC.

His confident display was followed by Arlen Smith who acquitted himself well against Sheffield’s Sam Rhodes, before Harvie Retallic looked busy against City of Hull’s George Johnson.

Bridlington head coach Damien Grant said: “I was a little worried about the line up, as there were a lot of tough contests, but everyone rose to the occasion and performed so well.

“All the coaches are so proud of the family that we have at the gym. It was great to see everyone close by and supporting the boxers as they made their way out to the ring.

“Great team spirit.”