Warrington is impressed by Brid’s young guns

Bridlington ABC
Bridlington ABC

Yorkshire’s European champion Josh Warrington was full of praise for Bridlington’s boxing stars of the future after watching them in action at the Spa.

The Leeds featherweight was the special guest at Bridlington ABC’s show on Friday night, and the determination shown by the youngsters impressed him.

“All the boxers went into the ring and gae it everything,” Warrington told the Free Press. “It’s been a very good show with some very good technical bouts.

“It’s great to see so many people here supporting the boxers and the Spa is a wonderful place, it creates a very good atmosphere.

“Bridlington ABC have done such a ghood job to get so many kids through their doors.”

The star of the show for Bridlington was welterweight Roan Stanley, who picked up home boxer of the night award, for his display against Tom Summerbell, from the Tootill ABC in Durham.

Stanley won every round and was particularly dominant in the first and last two minutes, with Summerbell showing a little more resistance during the middle stages of the bout.

He had his North East opponent pinned back at regular intervals and landed a vicious blow midway through round three.

After a rousing finish, even Warrington was on his feet applauding, before Stanley was announced as the unanimous winner.

But that was a rare high point for the host club, and their only other winner was Spa debutant Derek Farrow, who edged his way to a split decision over Luke Sutton from West Hull, and was delighted when his win was announced.

A couple of other Bridlington boxers could consider themselves unlucky to have lost.

Leah Smith felt she had done enough to get the nod from the judges, but was on the wrong end of a split decision against Angelica Finch of Boston.

Finch was named as the best away boxer on the night, but after a cagey opening round, it looked like Smith had landed the cleaner blows .

The referee praised both boxers at the final bell, but Smith was left disappointed by the result.

James Precious was also harshly treated by the judges as he was beaten by last year’s Yorkshire champion.

Precious, an England international, looked busy and solid in the opening round against Kerem Aykut from the St Paul’s club in Hull.

He had been due to face Harry Kelly from Henry’s Gym but his opponent was changed at the last minute.

Precious looked the stronger going up to the final bell too, but the judges disagreed.

Jack Marshall came unstuck against a very good opponent in Ronan McMahon from Kingston ABC, another Hull-based club.

Marshall began the opening two rounds well, but McMahon dominated the second half of each round.

It was a pulsating contest but Marshall had to take an eight count in the final round and McMahon took a unanimous decision.

Cameron Connelly knew he had a difficult bout in store against Hunslet’s Ellis Price and although the pair seemed well-matched, the home boxer couldn’t make much headway and the West Yorkshire lad impressed all three judges more.

There was an all-action bout between Rolson Larkham and Kacey Hird, representing the Platinum club in Bradford.

Larkham’s movement made his opponent miss several times, but he couldn’t land enough shots of his own and Hird was another away fighter to get a unanimous verdict.

Even former Bridlington boxers were struggling to get a win.

Billy Gibson, who was appearing in the colours of his new club, SYD Ringside of Knottingley, was involved in a tough battle with Jordon Ridings from St Pauls and the Hull lad got the best of a split decision.

Another to make their first appearance on a Spa show was Amy Everington and she put in a tremendous effortagainst Jessica Carrington of Grimsby’s Fusion club.

It was a tentative contest, but Everington burst into life at the start of the final round, and although MC Mike Gibbons called it ‘great boxing from two talented girls’, Carrington won on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

The night began with four skills contests, where young boxers at the start of their careers put on an exhibition bout.

Jimmy Cheston gave a mature performance to kick things off against Alex Stevenson from Hull’s Vulcan club.

Robert Larkham and Harvie Retallic both pitted their wits against opponents from Whitby in Harry Calvert and Kane Morrison, while Bridlington’s Ted Wray had his work cut out against a very impressive Northallerton boxer Robbie Stirk.

The only bout not to go ahead was George Johnson’s planned contest with Mo Alqotabibi from Sheffield Lane Top.