THERE were 12 bouts at Bridlington ABC’s latest boxing show, with 11 local fighters in action. Here is how they all fared.
HUTTON was the early aggressor, landing some good solid blows but nothing to really harm Rowe, who soon fought his way back into the bout.
The South Yorkshire boxer was quick out of the blocks again at the start of the second round, but Rowe stayed calm and his measured style saw him grow in confidence as the round progressed.
The final round was even, with both fighters staying at arm’s length, and after the final bell, MC Gary Gibson described the pair as ‘a credit to their coaches, a credit to their clubs’.
The judges were split, but gave a majority verdict to Rowe, which left Hutton a little tearful as he left the ring.
Billy Gibson v Callum Grace (Cleckheaton ABC) 38kg schoolboy contest
PREVIOUS bouts have seen Gibson impress with his frantic, whirlwind style. This time, he was more controlled, but the end result was the same.
A good left hand forced Grace to take a standing count towards the end of the first round.
the West Yorkshire lad recovered well but then walked on to another strong left halfway through the second round.
Grace ran out of ideas in the third, and it was clear Gibson had too much in his locker, long before the judges announced their unanimous verdict.
Once again the MC was full of praise for ‘two excellent young men.’
James Precious v Tyler Haddrell (Tom Hill ABC) 42kg schoolboy contest
HADDRELL started on the front foot, but good defence by Precious, in only his second appearance, restricted him to body shots.
The second round was low key but the tempo picked up at the start of the third.
Precious produced his best work of the contest in the final minute-and-a-half but he had left himself with just too much to do and Haddrell picked up a majority verdict.
Ben Malone v Lucky Price (Steel City ABC) 58kg schoolboy contest
LUCKY by name and lucky by nature, as the Sheffield fighter was perhaps a little fortunate to get the nod from the judges.
Malone showed neat work in the early stages, as the contest was intriguing without ever exploding into life.
Going into the final round, it was anybody’s fight. Malone was full of concentration and gave it a real go, but Price was the winner on all the judges’ cards.
Charlotte Jarvis v Abbey Bates (Burslem ABC) 47kg female contest
THE long journey from Stoke on Trent was worth it for Bates. Jarvis took the fight to her from the first bell, but her opponent was clearly a shrewd operator, with a good reach and able to choose her shots carefully.
The home fighter was the more energetic in the second round, but Bates was savvy escaping each time she was pinned back.
The clash of styles continued throughout the final round but Bates’ polished approach overcame Jarvis’ hustle and bustle.
Liam Bowtell v Jordan Ellison (Horden ABC) 57kg junior contest
BOWTELL put an end to the Bridlington club’s three-bout losing run by overcoming a gutsy opponent from the north east.
The first match of the night to involve the big hitters, there was little to separate the duo after the first two minutes.
Bowtell looked the more purposeful in the second round and showed good defence to keep the junior from Peterlee out as the bell neared.
And the home fighter kept up his decent work in the last as Ellison’s challenge seemed to fizzle out, earning the Brid boxer a majority decision.
Aaron Boyes v Josh Clarke (Ernie Oxers SOB) 60kg junior contest
THE visitor looked full of confidence as he arrived in the ring, but Boyes immediately set to work, pushing Clarke back with several flurries of punches,
Clarke had the height advantage but Boyes was able to get close in too easily and too often, with no let up in the speed of his work.
The South Yorkshire boxer gave a good account of himself in the second round, and once Boyes had a point deducted, the fight became a little more untidy.
Boyes ended the fast-paced contest, the best of the evening so far, with a bloodied nose, but he secured the win.
The decision was unanimous but there was no disgrace in the way Clarke acquitted himself.
BEFORE the interval, two visiting boxers took to the ring for a 55kg female contest. Sophie Roggen made it a double for the Burslem ABC girls, when she followed up Bates’ earlier win by beating spirited Kingston ABC opponent Sam Brown thanks to a unanimous verdict.
Tom Hebden v Ryan Noble (Highfield ABC) 57kg junior contest
HEBDEN showed again how much he has progressed in the past year with a stylish win over a hard-hitting opponent.
The home boxer got himself back into the fight through sheer hard work and by midway through the contest, Noble was back in his corner getting treatement for a smashed nose.
His last home contest at Hornsea, had seen Hebden show an impressive guard, but here he showed how the attacking side of his nature has developed.
Picking his shots well, he mixed attack and defence well and forced the South Yorkshireman to take a standing count in the third round.
By the final bell, he was well in control and with referee Scott Duncan publically praising both fighters, Hebden inevitably got the unanimous decision.
He can count himself unlucky not to be named home boxer of the night.
Zac Stabler v Kyle O’Toole (Scarborough ABC) 69kg junior contest
THE volume was raised a notch for the first East coast battle of the night.
O’Toole looked undaunted by the reputation of his opponent or the atmosphere at the Spa and shaded the first of three very exciting rounds.
The second was evenly-matched and the noise ringside increased further as the two teenagers came out for the last two minutes.
Blows were traded at a tremendous rate before Stabler returned to his corner for treatment to his bloodied nose.
He returned with a brave effort but it was not enough. The best fight of the show, and certainly the most brutal, ended with the Scarborough man getting the win from all three judges and MC Gibson announcing: “This is why amateur boxing is the finest sport in the land.”
Kier Herrgesell v Tom Gaskin (Highfields ABC) 52kg junior contest
AFTER a reasonably cagey opening round, Herrgesell began to dominate in the second and justify the swagger he had shown on arriving in the ring.
His job was made easier when the Doncaster fighter was deducted a point in the final round.
That left him with a mountain to climb and though he raised his game, he was no match for Herrgesell, who suggested he had another gear available to him if he had needed.
Boxing within himself, he secured a unanimous decision.
Ben Cunningham (3 Para) v Jamie Scotter (Scarborough ABC) 80kg senior contest
A VOCAL crowd gave a tremendous welcome to the soldier from Bridlington, who was boxing for his regiment, a decade after he last stepped into the ring in his home town.
His colleagues had a battle on their hands though as Scotter had a noisy band of fans determined to see there was no happy ending in the final story of the evening.
Momentum swayed between the two well-matched boxers in the first two rounds, but Scotter just seemd to have the edge throughout.
Birthday boy Cunningham, who fought Amir Khan in his teenage years, produced a decent combination at the start of round three, but he was rocked back and had to take a standing count almost at the final bell, as the Scarborough man ended the contest strongly.
Once again, referee Duncan congratulated both boxers, but Scotter took the unanimous verdict.
Home boxer of the evening: Kier Herrgesell.
Away boxer of the evening: Kyle O’Toole (Scarborough ABC)