Trading punches at Hutton Moor

PUBLISHED: 12:08 10 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:06 24 May 2010

Weston's Mitchell McSweeney (left) v Gavin Beck from Downend ABC.

Weston's Mitchell McSweeney (left) v Gavin Beck from Downend ABC.

AT Weston Boxing Club's annual gala, some of the West Country's finest fighters competed in the junior ABA championships, as well as local youngsters trading punches at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

AT Weston Boxing Club's annual gala, some of the West Country's finest fighters competed in the junior ABA championships, as well as local youngsters trading punches at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.The evening started with 15-year-old Sam Plamer, of Milton, meeting Nick Martin, of Walcot, Swindon, at 67kg. Sam started slowly, and failed to get out of first gear and Martin took the bout on points.Fourteen-year-old Lewis McSweeney took on another Walcot boxer, Jared McDonnell and after handing out a boxing lesson, Lewis won on points, cheered on by his Broadoak School fellow pupils. He was voted best Weston boxer and received the Ralph Stanton Memorial Trophy.Another Weston boxer, 11-year-old Edward Hillman, of Worle, met Michael Hugh, of the King Alfred club in Burnham, and after three gruellling rounds, Hughes was declared winner, but a disappointed Edward is demanding a rematch.Wyvern schoolboy Ian Clark, on his 16th birthday, met Lewis Downton of Yeovil, and he did not give of his best until the third round, but by then it was too late and he lost the decision.Welterweight Mitchell McSweeney was left to pick up the bits and pieces of Weston boxers' faltering performances and try to top his brother's showing. Against 22-year-old Gavin Beck of Downend, 18-year-old Mitch, in his first senior bout, won on points.Shane Main (26) faced Jaz Jamieson, of Yeovil, in only his second fight for two years, after a good start, faided in the second round and lost on points.As both opponents pulled out, Weston heavyweights Steven Bodger and Wayne Milsom, on his debut, faced each other and Bodger showed his experience by winning comfortably on points.In the final bout of the evening, Matty Martin faced Alex Spear of Kingswood, a former middleweight national champion, and after a poor first round by Martin, he lost on points.

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