Senior duo ensure a winning end to show

Roan Stanley
Roan Stanley

Bridlington’s senior boxers stepped up to the plate on another excellent night of action at The Spa.

With Darren Boyes’ bout being rescheduled, and taking place immediately after the interval, Paul Dean was given the task of making sure the evening ended in style.

Paul Dean

Paul Dean

He didn’t let his club down, as he took on Connor McMain of the Jubilee ABC in Sheffield.

The two had gone head-to-head in the Yorkshire Senior Development final before Christmas, when Dean got the verdict. And after an even contest, he got a repeat verdict from the judges, taking the honours unanimously.

Before Dean’s victory, Roan Stanley had been involved in another bout where there was little to choose between the two boxers.

Stanley took on Hull Saints’ Hayden Ridley, and it was the Bridlington man’s efforts to take the initiative whenever he got the sniff of a breakthrough that meant he picked up a unanimous win.

Darren Boyes

Darren Boyes

The outstanding performance of the night came from Jubilee’s Levi Kinsiona.

He was up against Bridlington’s George Johnson, who was returning to the ring after a four-year absence and was in his first senior contest.

There was an all-action start, but from the moment the Sheffield welterweight landed the first of four or five impressive right hands, the outcome was in little doubt.

Johnson was too wild, too often, in the second round as he tried to get back into the contest, backed by a large, vocal following. But Kinsiona was stylish, mature and undaunted by the partisan crowd and Johnson took a standing count in the third round.

Moments later, the Bridlington corner threw in the towel to protect their man from more punishment and end a brave display from Johnson, but he found himself up against someone who was a class or two above.

In the junior bouts, Rolson Larkham was Bridlington’s only winner, as he beat Jack Gregory from West Hull ABC.

After an even opening, Larkham took control in the last 30 seconds of round one. There was a whirlwind start to the second, with a mighty exchange of blows, but it was Larkham who continued to do the most damage, and Gregory returned to his corner with a bloody nose.

A confident Spa debut by the Bridlington youngster saw him pick up a unanimous decision.

There was a surprise defeat for British champion James Precious, a week after collecting the Free Press Junior Sports Person of the Year award.

He arrived in the ring without his protection and had to return to the dressing room. The delay disrupted his concentration and he struggled to find his usual rhythm. That said, he was still in with a chance going into the final round, but his opponent David Cooper, of Lincoln’s Terry Allen Unique ABC, picked up a split decision.

Earlier in the evening, Bridlington’s Declan Potts and Ryaz Hussain of the St Paul’s Boxing Academy in Hull squared up in their first competitive bout.

The first round saw plenty of movement but not too many meaningful blows.

Potts was rocked by a punch which put him on the ropes in the second but he recovered well and rallied in the third round with some excellent shots, but Hussain’s early work earned him a debut win.

Jack Marshall, making his first appearance at the Spa, found himself up against Eddie Hardy of the Highfields club in Doncaster.

Both decided attack was the best form of defence and were still trying to get the upper hand in the closing seconds, but Hardy impressed the three judges.

It was only a second outing for both boxers, but Hardy’s efforts earned him the Best Away Boxer of the Night award.

Harry Connelly missed out against Kingston ABC’s Ronan McMahon.

There was no shortage of effort from Connelly, but McMahon soaked up the pressure in the first half and exerted his authority in the later stages, while he still had plenty in the tank.