Sudbury Boxing Club coach Neil Anderson was full of praise for his boxers despite a disappointing night in the ring for his young title hopefuls.
With a host of Eastern Counties Youth Championship titles on the line, a capacity crowd filled Sudbury’s Delphi Centre.
However, it was to prove a disappointing evening for the majority of the home fighters, Jack Burgess, Jasper Boydell and Jake Sumner, all of whom suffered defeats inside the ring with the latter duo missing out in championship bouts, but there was joy for Jack Wiffen.
Following promising skills bouts from youngsters Jake Carrington and Mark Robinson, Wiffen got the vocal crowd on their feet with a dominant performance against Norwich’s Lucca McComb, with a knockdown, following a clean jab in the first round, helping him to a unanimous verdict victory.
However, that was as good as it got for the home boxers.
Burgess had a difficult evening against Fenland Sparta’s Igor Mihalov as the visiting boxer dominated throughout, preventing the Sudbury boxer connecting with any shots as he claimed a simple unanimous decision.
The same fate fell upon Boydell, although he put up a braver fight against Atlleborough’s Milo Clay, to miss out on an under-60kg Eastern Counties title shot in the fight of the evening.
In an even contest, with both connecting with a flurry of punches, Clay’s greater fitness proved pivotal as he clinched a unanimous semi-final decision.
It was a more tentative affair for Sumner who also missed out on a shot at title glory, losing his under-64kg fight against Harwich’s Kasey Bradnum.
Struggling against his opponent’s apparent greater strength, the Sudbury fighter gave a spirited display, particularly in the final round, but it was not enough as the visiting boxer received a unanimous decision.
Despite seeing his stars endure a difficult evening inside the ring, Anderson had nothing but praise for his boxers as he hailed their efforts.
“I’m proud with them all, I can’t be disappointed with anyone,” he said. “Jasper just ran out of steam, I think he would have won that on another day, but what a cracking contest, as good as you are going to see in my opinion.
“Jake has been ill all week and I wouldn’t have boxed him if it wasn’t for the title.
“I think he would have beaten his opponent any other time, and if this was just a club night I would have pulled him out of the fight.
“However, I have big hopes for him, he’s a big lad, really fit and he’s definitely got something.
“Jack Wiffin had a step up tonight, his opponent has had a lot of experience and has won titles.
“But he will come back stronger, he is a very good boxer and I was really impressed with him.
“It was a great evening in a brilliant venue with a really good atmosphere, and I don’t think anyone who came will leave disappointed with the entertainment.”