Sudbury boxers produce starring role in final show

FIGHTING BACK: Jasper Boydell goes on the attack in his unanimous points victory over Tommie Smith
FIGHTING BACK: Jasper Boydell goes on the attack in his unanimous points victory over Tommie Smith

Head coach Neil Anderson hailed Sudbury Boxing Club’s final show of the year their best ever after a number of knockout performances.

A bumper crowd packed out the Sudbury Rugby Club venue and were treated to 17 bouts of thrilling action with 10 home boxers among the bill.

After 13-year-old Ruby East made history as the club’s first female representative and impressed in her skills bout debut, another 13-year-old, Charlie Attridge put in a fine display of counter punching to clinch a unanimous points decision victory against Bexley’s Ben Bleskey.

There was further success for the club as Joe Marsh came out on top of a close contest with Lowestoft’s Dylan Moss with a unanimous decision, while a dominant final round display from Jake Carrington ensured he sealed victory over Robbie Tibbs of Wisbech.

Despite a spirited display, 16-year-old George Dennis suffered an extremely close split decision defeat to Rangers Boxing Club’s Lee Stevenson but there was joy for 17-year-old Jake Summer who made a winning return from a four month injury layoff.

Facing March Boxing Club’s Joe Stead, Summer struggled in the opening round but responded superbly in the following two rounds including forcing a standing count in the final round to claim a unanimous points decision.

Jasper Boydell also faced a difficult challenge in the shape of Harwich’s Tommie Smith but after a close first round, Boydell got the upper hand on his rangy opponent to land some good head and body shots in the latter stages to claim the judge’s verdict.

There was disappointment for James Watts in his light welterweight debut as he went down to Bexley’s Boiaji Boyejo, while Terry Clark suffered the same fate in his debut middleweight bout against Vitalijus Popvas, with his more experienced opponent taking victory in a close contest.

The crowd were on their feet as the final bout of the evening gave the show a fitting finale as Charlie Hagarty made his return to the ring to take on Nick Tipler of Chalvedon ABC.

The pair, who have had more than 150 bouts between them and won numerous titles put on the contest of the night, catching each other with big shots, only for Tipler’s greater fitness to prove pivotal late on as he claimed the unanimous decision from the judges.

Hagarty was given the consolation of being named home boxer of the night, picking up the Michelle Sumner Memorial Trophy.

Reflecting on the night, Anderson was left with nothing but praise for his boxers.

“That has to be the best performance by a team of Sudbury boxers,” he said “The standard was very high and all the contests were close.

“Jim and Terry put in excellent performances in their debuts and it was so good to see Charlie back in action, his bout was a real treat to watch.”