Bridlington ABC’s youngest boxers took centre stage at Saturday’s show at the Club For Young People
The club’s head coach Damien Grant said: “Courage, determination and teamwork were all on display, values that all our members can take into life as well as the boxing gym or the ring.
“I’m very proud to be part of this team. We will soon embark on another big journey as we expand to the sports hall, so the future is looking very good for our club.”
Robert Larkham began the show with a very solid and controlled performance in what could be his final skills bout before moving on to competitive boxing. He gave a rather tidy display of boxing against Antonio Dobson of the Kingston ABC in Hull.
Ted Wray seemed to use his jab and range to good effect in his skills bout against Joe Hobbs from Balby. His opponent then tried to test Wray by putting a bit of pressure on, but it was an examination that Wray passed as he kept his composure and concentration going until the final bell.
Emily Asquith had a very tough opponent in her skills bout but she did more than hold her own with Grimsby’s Lilly Powles, controlling the bout at times and a very strong finish to see out the action.
Arlen Smith worked very hard in his contest against a very big strong opponent in Rhys Barber from the Forest Hall ABC. Smith listened to the corner and put the pressure on that they were asking for, with a really good effort.
Jimmy Cheston was also giving size away in his contest against PJ McDonald from Balby. He moved his head well at times and kept himself out of trouble while landing some good shots of his own.
Harvie Retallic was involved in the final skills bout, as he took on Forest Hall’s Lewis Ginnlley. A testing bout as Retallic was giving weight away, but his boxing skills and ability kept him out of trouble and managed to control the contest using his speed and footwork.
The first competitive bout saw Rolson Larkham in action. His opponent pulled out at lunchtime on the day of the show, a last- minute replacement Marcus Whitman of Sedburgh was found, and he provided a tough bout for Larkham, who boxed to instruction. He listened to what his corner told him and executed that plan to take the judges’ decision.
Cam Connelly had a tough opponent who until recently was undefeated. His speed, footwork and intelligent boxing helped him to keep out of the way of Billy Toft of East Hull and the Bridlington boxer was in control of the bout throughout. A good performance which earned him boxer of the night, chosen by MC Phil Knight.
Jack Marshall had a tough bout as he tried to avenge a previous defeat. Marshall was on the wrong end of a split decision once again, however for anyone who saw his last bout against the same opponent, Kaylan Walls of Scunthorpe Imps ABC, it was a massive improvement.
Marshall was much fitter, stronger and tidier with his boxing, and showed how he is developing.
Derek Farrow had an opponent from the North East with a very similar style, and the two often got tangled up in the middle of the ring. But it was Farrow who was coming out with the cleaner and more eye-catching work to take the judges’ decision over James Burrows from Forest Hall.
Finally, James Precious had a strong opponent from Nottingham. Precious had a great start to the fight but Archie Alton’s strength began to take over. There was nothing wrong with Precious’ performance and he left everything in the boxing ring but Phoenix’s Alton took the judges’ decision.