Lewis and Sam are victorious

PUBLISHED: 12:42 02 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

WESTON ABC took two young lads to Southampton to take part in the Golden Ring open tournament. First through the ropes for Weston was 15-year-old Lewis Hunt

WESTON ABC took two young lads to Southampton to take part in the Golden Ring open tournament.First through the ropes for Weston was 15-year-old Lewis Hunt, a pupil at Priory Community School, a keen and talented footballer who enjoys his boxing, too. This was his first outing since defeat on the Weston show, and he faced Luke Frewin, who has had twice as many bouts as Lewis and had height advantage.Both boxers came in around the 64kg mark. The height factor was not a worry to Lewis as he worked to the body in the early stages, forcing Luke, of Lawrence in the New Forest, to drop his hands.Hunt seized on this and swept over a left hook which sent Frewin to the canvas, and took a standing count. Hunt piled on the pressure and this continued in the second round as Frewin moved and tried to counter.Towards the end of the round chinks started to appear in the Weston lad's strategy, as his footwork started to falter and slowly Frewin started to pick up points.Hunt tried to push for more at the start of the third, but through tiredness he was swinging and missing and this exhausted him more. Frewin had an opportunity to take the bout back, producing a barrage of punches which forced Hunt to take a standing count. He made the most of the breather and made a last gasp effort, sloppily swinging away but it was enough to keep his challenger at bay until the final bell. Hunt had his hand raised as the majority winner, with just one punch in it.Sam Palmer, aged 16, of Worle Community School, having just completed his GCSEs, was ready for another test, facing a much taller opponent, Damien Maidment, of the Golden Ring Club, Southampton, who was looking for his first win.The first round saw Palmer just slip under the long jabs of Maidment, and counter with doubled up head and body shots, and he carefully disected Maidment's efforts in the first two rounds and cleverly countered, picking up points comfortably.In the third round, Palmer picked up the pace, being slightly more aggressive, getting caught a couple of times, but landing with the stronger and more telling blows, as he passed the test and sealed his first win on all three judges' cards.Weston will also be holding an open evening on Tuesday from 7-9pm at Weston Youth Centre, as part of the North Somerset Go4Life. For more details call coach John on 07786 371164.

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