Busy month for Weston boxers

WESTON Boxing Club have been out and about this month.

WESTON Boxing Club have been out and about this month.

The first event was at Devizes for the first round of the National Schoolboy Championships where Sam Higgins (12) of Backwell School faced the unbeaten Keiron Donoughue of Walcot ABC, Swindon.

Unfortunately, it was just too much for Sam as Donoughue was too strong and his corner decided to retire him midway through the second round.

Next to compete for Weston on his debut in Frome was Dean Marshall (11), following in the footsteps of his father Pat Marshall.


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Dean started the better, busy on the attack from his southpaw stance to take the first round. Harvey battled back in the second, but good defensive work and counter- punching from Dean saw him edge the second.

The third was an all or nothing round for Harvey and he gave it his all, but it was not enough as Dean clinched a points win and a successful start.

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Broadoak schoolboy Josh Giddings (16) followed on the same bill against Lewis Lynham of Wells. It was a hard fought and closely contested bout, but Lynham got it on a split decision.

Ashley Holder (19) was the club’s first senior boxer to compete in 2011 at Cheltenham. His opponent Jackson Thorne was from Avalon, near Glastonbury. Ashley came out hard and fast from the opening bell in this lightweight contest and was relentless, which was all too much for Thorne, who was retired before the bell to end the first.

For the second time in a month, Dean Marshall of Ashcombe School was competing, this time at Filton, Bristol. His opponent was Tom Tovey of Downend. Dean moved well behind his rigid guard from the opening bell as Tovey pressed forward, but soon Dean was catching Tovey with some clean hits that had the crowd wincing.

The same continued into the second and Dean was comfortably ahead on points. Before the start of the third, Dean’s corner coaches Keith Ambrose and John Cleary encouraged Dean to up the velocity of his punching ratio, and it was only 30 seconds into the third that Tovey was retired.

On the same bill, Adam Bowers (22) of Locking Castle was still searching for his first victory. His opponent Markus Jaffe was too strong in this middleweight contest and Adam was retired in the second.

Next up for Weston ABC will be Matthew Martin (30). He will be competing in the National Senior Open Class Championships on March 5 at Knowle, Bristol.

If you have an interest in boxing and want to find out more about the club, contact John on 07786 371164.

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