Ruby first female victor for Sudbury
Ruby East became the first female representative of Sudbury Boxing Club to win a bout at the team’s home meeting on Saturday evening.
The event, which was held at the town’s rugby club and attracted around 300 spectators, also saw Jimmy Fell pick up a victory, while youngster Noah Ronson also impressed.
Fourteen-year-old East had lost her only other previous fight and it seemed that she would suffer a similar fate when her opponent Abigail Daly of Basildon, clinched the first round.
However, East responded positively in rounds two and three to wrap up an historic triumph for the club.
“It was a massively improved performance from Ruby,” said head coach Neil Anderson.
“The nerves got the better of her last time, but this time she showed the form that she has been showing in the gym.
“We have never had a female winner before, so that is great for the club.”
As for senior light-middleweight Fell, his clash with Norwich City’s Evan Norman brought the event to an end.
It was a close encounter, but Anderson insisted his man was a deserving victor.
“It was tight, but he was a worthy winner on the night,” added the coach.
“It was the last fight of the night and what a way to end. Neither fighter gave an inch.”
Anderson also reserved special praise for the display produced by debutant Noah Ronson, who does not turn 11 until next month.
Up against fellow 10-year-old Michael Draper in a skills bout, youngster Ronson won through.
“It was an absolutely outstanding display from Noah,” said Anderson.
“You never know how it is going to go at that age.
“He does well in the gym and took that into the ring.
“Nerves certainly did not get the better of him and he showed some great skills.”
Elsewhere, Jake Carrington and Joe Marsh lost closely-fought contests, while 14-year-old Jack Wiffen was not risked ahead of his England Schoolboy Championships outing.
“Jack has a slight shoulder niggle so we did not want to risk that,” revealed Anderson.
“He has been having physio on it and it is nothing too serious.”
Overall, Anderson was delighted with the way the meeting panned out and is already looking forward to the next one on Sunday, May 8, at the same venue.
“All of them boxed well and I am proud of their efforts,” he said.
“I was impressed with a lot of the new faces that came to watch, especially the youngsters.
“It shows that the interest is growing and it bodes well for our next event, which will also feature the Eastern Counties Schoolboy Finals.”