St Mary’s abc home show 16/11/19
16/11/2019 St Mary’s ABC Home show
The young boxers of St Mary’s abc Chatham provided a night of high-quality sporting entertainment taking on all comers at their first home show of the season at the Woodlands sports centre in Gillingham. 14 bouts were contested on the night and the large crowd were treated to great action.
In an engaging match up, home St Marys boxer Jalen Howell faced P. Cunningham of Sporting Ring abc. The classy Howell showed a varied skillset throughout the bout with a full range of defensive and offensive moves, however Cunningham stayed in the contest with his determination and work rate. Following an exchange in the 2nd both boys expressed themselves by swapping Ali shuffles to delight of the crowd. In the 3rd, Cunningham faded, and home boxer of the night Howell asserted himself once again with head movement, shot variety and footwork to take a well-deserved unanimous decision.
In the second local derby of the night senior open class boxer Tom Davey took on professional bound Sean Noakes of Westree abc in a 71kg contest. Davey took the early initiative and landed the cleaner shots as both boxers sought to establish their range in the 1st round. A scrappy, nip and tuck 2nd round could have been scored for either boxer but the 3rd was a clear and emphatic round for Noakes as the Maidstone boxer landed a series of powerful right crosses, one of which forcing the referee to administer a standing 8 count. Noakes’s dominance in the 3rd was probably the defining factor in his unanimous points victory. The respect and comradery between the two boxers and their coaches was plain to see and encapsulated the spirit of the night.
Other highlights were Robert Caswell beat L. Harvey of Brooklands abc in a closely contested, intriguing match up that showcased the ability of both boxers to adjust and adapt their game plans. George Spackman used front foot pressure and body shots to beat the game Button of Brighton and Hove abc and Luke Carter lost his rematch with Conor O’Sullivan of Westree by a close split decision.
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