Head coach Neil Anderson paid tribute to his young Sudbury boxers despite failing to end the season with a flourish at the club’s Open Show.
On an evening that saw some exciting knockout bouts decide a host of Eastern Counties Novice Championships in front of a capacity and vociferous crowd at Sudbury Upper School, Anderson’s charges could not quite match the occasion with their performances.
Of those in action, Jack Burgess was left the most disappointed after spurning his opportunity of clinching the Class Three Under-42kg title against Canvey’s Daniel Calvert.
Relinquishing height advantage to his opponent, Burgess found himself caught time and time again by the greater reach of Calvert as he claimed the majority judges’ decision.
“Jack wasn’t at his best, but I thought he might have nicked it if I’m honest,” said Anderson. “It is extremely is frustrating because the title was there to be won for him, but he just didn’t perform to his capability.”
There was also disappointment for George Dennis, who was unlucky in his first proper bout, narrowly losing out to Dan Batman of Ipswich, despite some promising signs in an extremely even contest.
It was much the same story for Joe Atteridge, returning to action for the first time since his exodus from the ring due to exams against Chelmsford’s Cameron Hadley.
Like Burgess, Atteridge had to deal with a much taller opponent, but looked to have coped well with a masterful display of counter-attacking defensive boxing to catch Hadley with a number of clean shots, including a devastating body shot in the second-round, leaving his opponent to face a standing count.
However, Atteridge found himself on the wrong end of the judges’ decision as Sudbury ended the evening without a victory.
Despite failing to match the occasion, Anderson hailed the efforts of his remaining fighters following a much disrupted and altered event due to illness and rearranged bouts.
“It is a disappointing end to the season, but after losing so many bouts it has been the hardest show I’ve ever had to do,” he conceded.
“I’ve had so many bouts drop out, including having to pull four of mine out ill, but on the whole the boys coped well.
“George Dennis in his first fight had some nerves, but I was very pleased with him because he boxed well.
“I thought Joe also boxed extremely well. He’s been out for a while, but he coped very well and countered brilliantly.
“I thought he was extremely unlucky not to get the decision and that’s frustrating because he has beaten that opponent before, but I was very pleased with his performance.
“The boys on the whole boxed really well, but it is disappointing it was not the show we intended it to be.”