Awesome display of power from Tatum

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FIGHTERS from Sudbury boxing club put in an impressive performance at one of UK’s first amateur shows of the new season at the weekend. Around 300 people packed into Sudbury’s Eastern’s Station Lounge nightclub for the 16-bout open show on Sunday.

The event was organised by Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club, which celebrated a number of good performances on the night. Connor Blezard put in competent performance to seal a points victory over an athletic Lucian George from Hemel Hempstead. In only his third fight Blezard showed maturity keeping his tough opponent at length with the cleaner, sharper punches.

Despite a truly brave effort Sudbury junior George Manning lost a points decision to the stronger, more compact Jordan Victor from the Milton Keynes Victors club. Manning fought intelligently, boxing on the outside, but failed to use his jab regularly or accurately enough to keep his powerful and busy opponent away.

Sudbury senior Joe Watterson and Felix Long, representing Milton Keynes Victors, put on arguably the best fight of the night despite both making their debuts. The light-welterweight bout was fought at a furious pace from the outset, with both boys combining good technique with raw guts and aggression.

The boys were exchanging big blows throughout and by the third round were standing toe to toe in a display of pure determination. However, Watterson’s marginally greater strength and accuracy edged him through all three rounds to seal an impressive victory in his first bout.

One of the highlights of the night was the display of awesome power and aggression by crowd favourite and Sudbury heavyweight Liam Tatum. Against Darren Cole, a 13th Regiment Paratrooper, based at Colchester, Tatum was aggressive from the start landing some big, hard shots, which the soldier did well to withstand. Although landing a few shots of his own, Cole was visibly shaken by the end of the first and probably saved by the bell.

Despite a clear reach disadvantage Tatum continued his advance, regularly breaking through Cole’s defence and landing an array of big, solid shots. The soldier bravely battled on landing a few good punches himself, but by the third was forced to take his third standing count, and at the end of the round was put through the ropes by another Tatum barrage.

The soldier gallantly climbed to his feet in time the hear the final bell. Tatum was given a unanimous points decision taking his record to two wins in two fights.

Earlier in the evening Sudbury’s youngest fighter, Jack Burgess, performed extremely well in a skills bout against an equally impressive Joseph Gilbert from Romford’s 5 Star club.

Neil Anderson, the head coach at Sudbury ABC, said: “I was very proud of all our boxers, every single one of them performed well. Special praise must go to Joe Watterson for a fantastic debut and Liam Tatum for a very impressive performance in only his second fight.”

BLOB On November 12, the club will stage a black-tie dinner show at Sudbury Sports Centre. Tickets will be £40 per person, which includes a sit-down meal.

Those wanting tickets for the show, or information about the boxing club, should contact chairman Brian Anderson on 01787 880767 or club secretary Charlie Lawson on 01787 311557.