Stabler signs off from boxing in style

Referee Scott Duncan raises Zac Stabler's arm to show he had got the verdict against Kyle O'Toole.
Referee Scott Duncan raises Zac Stabler's arm to show he had got the verdict against Kyle O'Toole.
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Bridlington ABC’s Zac Stabler ended his amateur boxing career on a high, by winning his final bout at The Spa on Friday evening.

Work commitments have forced the teenager to call time on boxing, after 43 fights, but he finished in style with a win thanks to a split decision.

Scarborough ABC’s Kyle O’Toole was the man looking to spoil Stabler’s farewell party, and having beaten the Bridlington boxer in the past, he arrived with a good pedigree.

There was terrific support for both boxers in the Royal Hall and after an even opening minute, Stabler was left with a bloodied nose before the end of the first round.

Both men landed good shots within seconds halfway through the second round and O’Toole was also bleeding when the bell sounded.

It was too close to call going into the last, but after leaving his corner for the final time, Stabler somehow found the energy to step up his work-rate, during the final two minutes.

Such was the atmosphere, it was impossible to hear the final bell, but on an emotional evening for the Bridlington middleweight, he was given a split decision for one of the toughest wins he earned during his career.

He was also named home boxer of the night for his efforts.

In all, Bridlington boxers won six of their seven bouts. Head coach Damien Grant said: “The line up of opponents on the show was the hardest line up our boxers had faced on a home show and all boxers performed really well.

“They upped their ‎game when it really mattered.

“Every contest was closely contested. Zac Stabler performed very well in his final contest to overturn a previous defeat to Kyle O’Toole.

“Darren Boyes, Billy Gibson, Ben Malone and Roan Stanley all defeated opponents who had better records than themselves while Leah Smith overcame a former national female champion.

“The club would like to thank everyone that attended the show and all the sp‎onsors that made the show happen.

Not boxing on the show at Bridlington Spa was James Precious, who travelled to Durham on Sunday to compete in the national quarter final of the Schoolboy Championships.

He was facing Ryan Ridley of the Forest Hall ABC.

Precious was busy from the first bell piling pressure on and a high work rate that Ridley struggled with. Ridley did manage to create a bit of distance towards the end of the round but Precious had already done more than enough to win the round.

The second and third round went much the same with Precious been too strong for the North East boxer to cope with.

After three rounds of boxing, Precious was awarded the contest with a unanimous points victory and rewarded with a place in the national semi-finals this Sunday in Leicester.

Report and pictures from the Spa on pages 78 and 79.