Majority win for Higgins

Sam Higgins recorded his first win by a majority in his fight at Cleeve in Bristol.

WESTON Amateur Boxing Club has enjoyed a busy couple of weeks and it looks to be a busy month ahead.

Sam Higgins, aged 13, of Backwell School, boxed at Cleeve Rugby Club, Bristol, against Wesley Criddel of Downend. This eight stone bout saw both boxers start at a fast pace, Criddel edging the first round.

A few stern words from Higgins’ coach John Cleary, prompted a tighter defence, which had more success and at the end Higgins recorded his first win by a majority. A rematch between the two has now been made for Hutton Moor on March 31.

Former national novice light middlewieght champion Dan Devane (33), made his return to the Elite ABA championships in Swindon at middleweight. His first round opponent failed to turn up, so he got a walkover to the area final against England boxer Wayne Ingram (19) of Gloucester.

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Ingram has won national titles at all levels and was a tri-nations champion. Devane fought hard and got stuck in. Youth was on Ingram’s side, the hand speed giving him the advantage over the first two rounds, Dan fought through though,and pushed this highly talented opponent all the way.

Devane may have lost, but was applauded for his determination and effort. He was rewarded by being called up to represent the Western Counties versus Guernsey on March 16.

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Jake Giddings boxed at Watchet against another rising young middleweight talent, River Wilson Bent from Exhall, Coventry.

River was suprised by Jake’s ability in the opening moments, but the contest turned into a scrappy affair. Unfortunately, the officials found in favour of Bent by a split decision.

Matthew Doyle (11) represented Weston in his second skills bout at Tewkesbury, against Michael Gilks. This was a no result contest, with the boxers getting the feel of the canvas in preparation for the real contests ahead.

Matthew boxed well and will now be given the chance to compete on March 8 in Bristol.

The same night, Liam Hunt and Ashley Holder donned the club’s black and gold at Coombe Martin. Light-heavyweight Hunt was first up against unbeaten Josh Langford of Appollo ABC, Torquay.

This contest was a belter from the first bell. Hunt’s coach Keith Ambrose said it was one of the best contests he has seen all season as Hunt received a unanimous decision win, even though he did suffer a flash knockdown in the third. He will also be back in action again on March 10 at Bristol.

Holder (19) stepped into the ring against the more experienced Jake Hatch of Bideford, in a welterweight contest. Holder is a talented boxer, but after winning the first round, he began to flag, but his strength saw him to a unanimous decision.

He boxes again on March 16 for the Western Counties versus Guernsey. All these boxers plus many more from Weston, 20 all told, compete at Hutton Moor on March 31, tickets are �10 and �5, sponsor’s tables are available.

For more details, contact John on 07786 371164. There will be concessions on the door for families.

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