Weston pair pick up Western Counties titles
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Weston Boxing Club members Jamie Claridge and Wesley Wilson both picked up Western Counties titles.
WESTON Boxing Club had a busy weekend, with bouts in Swindon and Newquay.
Jamie Claridge (12) and Wesley Williams (13) were competing in the Western Counties schoolboy finals at Newquay, Cornwall. Challenging for the Under-43kg title was Jamie Claridge of Cheddar, against Dane Smith of Poole.
Smith had a good record, but Jamie showed some great head and body combinations from the opening bell to leave Smith mesmerised by his hand speed. Whenever the Poole boxer tried to retaliate, Jamie was elusive and attacked again with his combinations.
An excellent performance from Jamie got him the decision and the Western Counties title.
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Wesley Williams fought for the Under-48kg Western Counties title as he faced Yate boxer Tommy Seddon. As soon as the bell rang, Wesley slammed an uppercut to the midrift of Seddon’s body, which slowed Seddon up.
Wesley began to punish Seddon with head and body combinations for all three rounds and was relentless in his attack, leaving no choice for the officials to name him the winner and Western Counties champion.
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Both boxers now face the London champions in the quarter-finals, but have already made their coach John Cleary very proud of their performances. Coaches Sheridan Davey and Keith Ambrose escorted Jiley Lamb (11), Scott Davey (14) and Wallace Attwell (14) to Swindon.
First up was young Jiley Lamb making his debut against host club debutant Jake Stevens of HorseShoe ABC. A nervous Jiley had an edgy start and was getting picked off with ease. He was a completely different boxer in the second round and totally dominated, as well as the third with some fantastic display of skills, and getting a unanimous decision.
Next to don the club’s black and gold colours was Scott Davey, having his third contest in two weeks, against Kayden Connelly of the home club.
Scott was complacent in the first and allowed Connelly to edge the first. The second round could have gone either way, but in the third round, Scott upped his game and took it convincingly, but the judges found in favour of the home boy.
Wallace Attwell boxed in a rematch against Owen Penny of Shepton Mallet. Wallace won the first contest, but again complacency got in the way and it became a brawl, allowing Penny to nick a split decision.