SUDBURY Amateur Boxing Club head coach Neil Anderson spoke of his pride after a display by his home fighters he said bettered any previous show for quality.
A bumper crowd of around 300 were treated to 18 bouts involving 12 Sudbury boxers in an open tournament held at Sudbury Sports Centre on Sunday.
And after witnessing a win rate of around 50 per cent for his boys, Anderson said the standard of their performances delighted him.
“I am really proud of them,” he said. “It was the best showing by Sudbury lads I can remember seeing with us winning half and losing half but some of the losers’ performances were better than the winners, if that makes sense.”
Twelve-year-old George Dennis and 14-year-old Joe Branch made good debuts in skills bouts – a stepping stone to competitive boxing with no result.
Thirteen-year-old Jack Burgess got a majority decision against Josh Mace of Norwich City after three very close, hard-fought rounds.
Another 13-year-old, Jake Sumner, took on the more experienced George Hart of Chadwell St Mary and made an excellent start using sharp attacks from range against his slightly shorter opponent and controlled the bout throughout to pick up a clear points win.
Jordan Lawson, 14, put in the best performance of his career against Joe Calvert of Canvey Island. He showed great composure and boxed at range using long straight shots, cutting the ring down.
Calvert could not get into the contest and the Canvey corner retired him in the second round.
Contender for bout of the night was 15-year-old Connor Blezard’s match against the very athletic and much bigger Adylle Allen of Waltham Forest.
Blezard took control from the first bell, scoring with strong combinations, Allen came back in the second to level things up and with an even last the judges awarded Allen a majority decision. Neither lad deserved to lose and the scores of 10-9, 10-9, 9-10 showed how close it was.
This was an excellent performance from Blezard and will stand him in good stead for Eastern Counties Junior Novices in May.
Stylish 14-year-old Jasper Boydell, in his first bout after a long injury, built up a healthy lead in the first against Ellis Tilbury of Canvey Island, but Tilbury came back for a narrow win.
Stephen Hines was unlucky against Mohammed Ali of Essex University. Hines was in command until he was caught with a swinging right that landed behind the ear. He did not make the count and Ali took the victory against the flow.
Closing the show was heavyweight Liam Tatum who wore a T-shirt in memory of his uncle Nigel who had just passed away.
Tatum wasn’t his usual self but after three rounds of heavy exchanges he picked a majority points win over Forrest Booker of Welland Boxing Academy.
n Sudbury’s next show is on Saturday, June 16 at Sudbury Sports Centre, with a three-course meal before the boxing programme gets under way at 8pm a black-tie event from 6pm. For more information, or to book tickets, contact Neil Anderson on 07989498613.