Show packs a punch to entertain capacity crowd

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Sudbury ABC staged its first show of the season at Sudbury Rugby Club on Sunday, with a capacity crowd enjoying 17 bouts and four skills contests.

Sudbury’s Jack Wiffen and Freddie O’Brian, 11, and Ryan Sumner, 14, all made their debuts in skills bouts and performed excellently.

First in competitive action was 14-year-old 52kg George Dennis against Adan Charmia of Finchley. Dennis made an excellent use of his height and reach in round one, keeping Charmia at distance and scoring with straight left rights.

In the second and third Charmia closed the distance but Dennis defended well and still scored with straight left rights to take a unanimous verdict.

Jack Burgess, 15, 46kg, took on George Hart of Chadwell St Mary. Their high pace didn’t slow until near the end of the third. It looked too close to call, but Hart took it on a majority verdict.

Making his debut was 16-year-old 60kg Brett Simpson against Lewis Green of Norwich. As the first round wore on Green started to find the target and forced a standing eight count against the Sudbury boxer.

This woke Simpson up, and he forced his way back in, and by the end of the second had levelled things up. In the third Simpson worked hard and Green had to take a standing count, Simpson doing just enough to take the verdict.

Jordan Lawson, 16, was forced to retire at the end of the second round after injuring his back against Callum Cleary of Luton.

Jake Sumner, 15, 54kg, returned to the ring after a seven-month lay-off though injury against Jake Smith of Southend. Sumner was lacking a bit of sharpness but at the end of the third looked like he might have just taken it, but the verdict went in Smith’s favour.

Leon Thomas, 15, 67kg, took on the undefeated Frazer Unwin of Littleport. This turned into battle royal with taller Unwin trying use his long straight shots, but Thomas was getting inside landing hooks to head and body.

Unwin took a close unanimous verdict after an outstanding contest.

Last in action was 16-year-old Connor Bleazard, 69kg, in a rematch with Cameron Hadley of Chelmsford, who Connor beat two weeks earlier. In a very mature performance Blezard controlled the contest from the start, taking a deserved points verdict.