A bumper card of boxing at Sudbury Rugby Club attracted it is thought to be the home club’s biggest ever crowd on Sunday — and they were not left short changed on value for money after some terrific fights.
Among the highlights which entertained more than 350 spectators was Jack Wiffen, who warmed up for tomorrow (Friday) night’s Junior ABA Eastern Counties semi-final in Lowestoft against Colchester’s Louis Curtis with a fine victory over Harwich’s Stevie Martin.
The 15-year-old fighting at 53kg, marked his Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club home comeback bout after three months out of the ring with a leg injury, with a split decision win over the fighter he had lost to at the Harwich-hosted show held at Colchester.
Sudbury head coach Neil Anderson said: “He more than won it, he boxed really, really well.”
Scott Stanard also reversed a defeat against a Harwich opponent with his victory at 30kg over Cameron Walker.
“He worked really hard in the gym since he lost to him last time and he is someone that gives everything,” said Anderson.
There were 17 home fighters on the card of 24 pre-registered bouts with one home debutant, in 24-year-old Chris Offord, who took on Norwich Diamonds ABC’s Alex Lindsay in a light heavyweight contest.
“He brought loads of people along to watch him and he boxed really clever for two rounds ,” said Anderson. “But he lost as he then ran out of steam.”
In total the club had five winners on the night from 11 competitive bouts.
“I got out of it what I expected,” said Anderson.
“I was really pleased with the boys, especially those who managed to reverse their fights (from the Harwich show at Colchester).
Anderson described Terry Clark’s middleweight defeat to 3 Para’s Brandon Hendrix as ‘like a war’.
“It was a real crowd pleaser — you could not have asked for more,” he said.
Jake Sumner’s middleweight bout with Patrick Dunne, of The Boxclever Academy, had to be halted due to an injury.
“We had to stop it in the first round as it was not worth continuing with Jake’s cut as it was only going to get worse,” said Anderson.
Sudbury’s next home show is on May 20, also at Sudbury Rugby Club.