Jockey De Giles stays unbeaten

Jockey and boxer Felix De Giles

Jockey and boxer Felix De Giles

First published in Sport

JOCKEY Felix De Giles dashed straight from Haydock to Chippenham in the busiest of sporting Saturdays recently.

The 23-year-old competed in two separate races at Haydock before storming back to Wiltshire to don boxing gloves.

And there he kept his unbeaten record intact with victory at Malmesbury’s dinner event.

De Giles faced the unbeaten Prezmek Kaminski from Reading ABC in a light welterweight contest at the Neeld Hall in Chippenham.

From the outset both boxers attacked with left jabs and straight rights, with the Walcot man’s heavy right hand troubling his Polish opponent throughout the opening two minutes.

The middle session was closer, with Kaminski bravely moving into the firing line to land with shots of his own.

But the final two minutes saw the former Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey dig deep into his reserves of strength to score with a succession of straight rights, hooks and uppercuts.

He totally dominated the session to round off an impressive performance and the ringside judges rightly awarded De Giles a unanimous points victory.

Walcot coach Dave Veysey was delighted with his boxer’s performance, saying: “That was a tremendous effort from Felix, he was up against a more experienced opponent, but he came through by showing a lot of guts, as well as no little boxing skill.

“It was a very entertaining bout - the ringside doctor told me that he thought it was the best contest of the night.

“That was only Felix’s second contest, so he will learn from it and improve.”

Walcot chief coach Harry Scott added: “I am very pleased with Felix’s performance tonight, especially as he has ridden at Haydock this afternoon and had a long journey to get here.”

But there was disappointment for De Giles’ clubmate Princeton Gomes.

Despite his best efforts he found his much taller opponent, Alim Khan from Wellington ABC in Telford, rather awkward to hit and lost out in an entertaining contest.

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