Young talent on show at Hutton Moor boxing event

Saileyboy Price.

Saileyboy Price. - Credit: Archant

An abundance of young talent from the town’s two boxing clubs took part in a show at Hutton Moor.

Two boxing clubs, one town, Weston Warriors and Weston Boxing Club put on a boxing show at Hutton Moor, with an abundance of young talent.

First up was Weston Boxing Club’s Terry Price, aged 14, facing Hamza Hussian from Wellington Boxing Academy, Telford, Shropshire. The local lad dominated every round to win easily.

Clubmate Jily Lamb (12) was next up and faced James Sharp of Barton Hill, Bristol. This contest could have gone either way, but Sharp got it by a split decision.

Weston Warriors had their first representative in Liam Mitchell (16) against another lad travelling from the Wellington Club, Reiss Jones. This was a proper humdinger with both boxers throwing and receiving some big punches.

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Liam’s nose busted open early on, but true to the club name, he fought like a warrior to the end, only to lose the judges decision.

Weston ABC where back in action with elder brother Saileyboy Price (17), faced a previous combatant Jacob Purcell of Baker Street ABC, Gloucester. Sailey won the first close-fought contest for the Weston Counties junior title.

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Purcell wanted to address the balance, but to no avail, as again another close fought contest saw Sailey conquer again.

Sam Higgins (17), Weston Boxing Club’s longest-serving boxer faced Chad Thompson of the Gym01 Club, Portsmouth. Having edged the first round, Sam gradually grew in confidence to force Chad from corner to corner and take an unanimous decision.

After the interval, Warrior boxer Chris Tuckfield (31) took to the stage in only his second contest, facing Rhys Chard of Tamar ABC, Cornwall. Chris fought hard throughout, but just ran out of steam in the third, the most decisive round, to face a marginal defeat.

Representing the ladies was Weston ABC boxer Mel George (19). Unfortunately for Mel, her left shoulder became damaged early on and had to box her opponent Hayley Forbes of Oakmead ABC, with her right arm only, costing her any chance of winning, but fair play to her for not giving up.

Ashley Holder (23), returned to the ring as he does every year for a home show to face Leo Swinfen of Emeralds ABC, Chippenham. A great opening round and partial second looked promising, but the lack of contest fitness showed in the remainder as he let Leo back in it and lose by a split decision.

Making his amateur boxing debut, Weston Warrior world kickboxing champion Lewis Mulhall (21), put on a fine controlled display against Johnathan Viscount of Colcot ABC, Barry, to take a clear decision and show his class.

The penultimate bout of the evening saw Weston’s Olly Giddings (21) take on the much bigger Bradley Axe of Yeovil. After a good start from Olly, the weight difference was just too much, with Olly struggling through to the end to lose on points.

Top of the bill was Warriors boxer Tom Lyons (27), having been out of the ring for over a year with a shoulder injury. He took on Josh Chilcott and after a cautious start, he landed one of his big rights.

Chilcott’s legs buckled, but he survived, but moments later another big right rocked Chilcott to his socks sending him stumbling across the ring. The referee jumped in to apply the mandatory standing eight, but it did not take long for another big right hand of Tom’s to end the night’s proceedings.

Terry Price was elected winner of the Royal Hotel best Weston ABC junior boxer, and Sam Higgins the Ralph Stanton Memorial best Weston ABC senior.

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