Boxers put on a show in second home tournament

Josh Attwell.

Josh Attwell. - Credit: Archant

Weston Boxing Club and Weston Warriors ABC came together to host their second home tournament of the year.

WESTON Boxing Club and Weston Warriors ABC came together to host their second home tournament of the year at Weston Football Club.

Initially nineteen boxers from Weston were ready to compete, but the loss of two contests the day before, three fails at weigh-in and one no show, left the evening with 13 excellent bouts.

First up was 11-year-old Josh Attwell of Weston ABC making his debut in a skills contest against Jack Stonehouse of Trowbridge. Both boxers showed a measured performance displaying plenty of skills to bode well for the futures, with both receiving their first trophies from guest of honour Liam Hunt, Weston’s only professional boxer.

Next to grace the canvas was Weston’s Jily Lamb, the 13-year-old was up against Dillan Stonehouse, Jacks brother of the Trowbridge club. Once Lamb got into the flow of things, his more powerful work rate got him the win.

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Next on the bill was Warriors’ first female boxer Steph Hodges. The committed 15-year-old was up against it, facing the current Western Counties champion Jade Croom of Emeralds ABC, Chippenham.

Steph fought tooth and nail until she ran out of steam at the end of the second round but she certainly put her stamp on the contest and with a bit more experience and fitness, she will soon be vying for the Western Counties title.

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Fourteen-year-old Wesley Williams of Weston faced Josh Field of Yate, who had beaten Williams in their first contest. However, Wesley is the 2015 Western Counties champion and he gained his revenge against his old foe and chalked up another win for Weston.

Terry Price (15) took on a tough Welshman from Cwmbran, Sam Dockree. Some clever punching from all angles kept the aggressive Dockree at bay, while Price kept racking up the points to gain another fabulous win.

Another Weston boxer, Jordan Hatton also 15, was next in the ring. Despite a lack of sharpness, he lost on points to Enzo Bavetta of Yate.

Warriors senior boxer Lewis Mulhall, former world kickboxing champion, has been finding it a little difficult to adjust to the amateur boxing code, but he has an abundance of skill and although losing this a closely fought contest against Youssef Khoumari of Neasden, London, he is showing the signs that he will soon settle in and gather a whole host of wins.

Lewis Hunt was next, having been out for two years there was a little bit of rustiness in the early stages. However, the judges found in favour of Hunt after knocking Lympstone’s Shannon Willey to the floor in the third round.

Another boxer making his debut for Weston Warriors was Tom Campbell, the well known local heavyweight faced Neasden boxer Alex Sharman. Tom fought well, but Sharman took the London club’s second win of the evening.

A grudge match between Weston boxer Sam Higgins and Devizes’ Harry Edwards was next on the cards, having both defeated each other on previous occasions. However, this not one of Sam’s best performances and he gave the win to the away boxer.

Another Warriors debutant Matt Turner faced Emeralds ABC’s Kesar Singh in a senior middleweight contest, but unfortunately for Matt, when going to the judges decision, Kesar got the nod.

Thirty-six-year-old Damon Godbeer was last up for Weston ABC, facing Terry Hall of Devizes in another senior middleweight contest. Throughout the contest, Damon looked the more effective with his punches and even sent Hall sprawling across the ring in the third, but he lost on a split decision.

The final bout of the evening was a super heavyweight contest between Warriors’ Alan Norman and Omar McKayle of Empire ABC, Bristol. Omar got the better of the first half of the bout and Alan the second. Another difficult decision for the judges found in favour by split for McKayle.

A great evening for boxing in Weston was finished off with Terry Price winning the Matthew Paul Martin Champions Belt for best Weston boxer of the night.

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