Ballroom packed for boxing’s return to Winter Gardens

PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 November 2017

Dan Sabastonelli came up short on his professional debut. Picture: Richard Howard

Dan Sabastonelli came up short on his professional debut. Picture: Richard Howard 2014

Boxing returned to Weston-super-Mare’s freshly-revamped Winter Gardens in style this week, with four Somerset-based fighters in action.

Dean Dodge overcame the tough Michael Mooney. Picture: Richard Howard Dean Dodge overcame the tough Michael Mooney. Picture: Richard Howard

A lively crowd packed into the new-look ballroom to get a glimpse of some of the county’s top young prospects at Dynamite Professional Boxing’s Battle On The Beach 3 on November 18.

Hundreds of passionate fight fans enjoyed the sport’s return to the venue after its £15million regeneration by Weston College.

Promoter Stuart Davies told the Mercury he was ‘very pleased’ with his first show at the venue since the makeover.

He said: “The event was well attended and there was a great atmosphere at the new venue.”

Pawel Augustynik moved to 4-0 after a classy win. Picture: Richard Howard Pawel Augustynik moved to 4-0 after a classy win. Picture: Richard Howard

Highbridge light-heavyweight Robert Boardman kicked off the show with a comfortable win over Latvian journeyman Jevgenijs Andrejev, who once shared the ring with former world champion Tony Bellew.

Boardman advanced his record to 6-0 after outclassing his opponent for every second of their four-round clash, claiming a 40-36 point win on the referee’s scorecard.

Next in the ring was Taunton-based, Polish-born prospect Pawel Augustynik, who was roared to victory by a large travelling contingent.

The light-heavyweight won every round of his bout with Remigijus Ziausys, a former foe of British heavyweight pair Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, to move his record to 4-0.

Yeovil’s Dean Dodge, who trains in Weston, faced a tough task in his four-round contest with the game and wily Michael Mooney.

But El Diablo, backed by a vocal band of supporters, edged past the Worcester man with a tightly-contested and bruising 39-38 victory on the scorecard to improve to 2-0.

But there was disappointment for Weston’s Dan Sabastonelli, who topped the bill on his professional debut, and came up short against experienced campaigner Kevin McCauley of Stourbridge.

Light-middleweight Sabastonelli started well and claimed the first round, but faded as the fight progressed and McCauley seized the initiative for a surprise 39-37 victory on the referee’s card.

Davies told the Mercury boxing will return to the Winter Gardens in the new year, plus there are plans for a mixed martial arts show.

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