Cuss earns second win

First published in Sport

WALCOT boxer Joe Cuss completed a personal win double last Friday with a sensational success at the Fairbairn Boxing Club event in East Ham, London.

After a confident points victory on debut just six days earlier, the 15-year-old followed up with an impressive win by technical knockout in the third round of his light welterweight contest with Kyle Potter of Patrick’s Boxing Club in Ipswich.

In the shadows of West Ham’s Upton Park, the Kingsdown pupil used his height and reach advantage during the opening round to hammer his opponent with left jabs and straight rights.

Potter had no answer throughout the round but bravely kept trying to land with shots of his own.

The middle session saw Cuss inflict a standing count on the Suffolk boxer after a sustained two-fisted attack.

During the final two minutes, the Walcot boxer kept up the pressure and after another standing count for Potter the referee called a halt to proceedings with 30 seconds of the contest remaining.

Clubmate James Anderson deserved to join Cuss on the podium, but was the unfortunate recipient of a dubious decision when he encountered Michael Maughan from the host gym.

The 11-year-old was making his ring debut but soon dispelled any nerves as he got behind an effective left jab to seemingly dominate the contest.

After an impressive three rounds, the Walcot camp confidently expected to see his arm raised in victory by the referee.

But, to their dismay, Maughan was awarded a unanimous points verdict.

The third Walcot bout saw Sammy Price lose a close contest with the taller Gulshan Nota, also from the host club, by a split points decision.

Supported by father Billy in his corner, 14-year-old Sammy was always in the hunt, but the height and reach of Nota gave the Londoner a slight edge throughout.

The final member of the Walcot team in action was 16-year-old light welterweight Charlie Hatfield who took on Fairbairn’s Laiq Khan.

In an often tangled affair, the muscular Khan had the better of the early exchanges, with Hatfield coming strong at the end.

After a close bout the ringside judges again smiled on the home boxer, with Khan receiving a unanimous points verdict.

Walcot coach Dave Veysey was full of praise for his boxers.

“It was a three-hour and 20-minute journey to get here for myself and my boxers, which is not ideal, but they all performed with credit,” he said.

“Joe Cuss goes from strength to strength and he improved tonight on last week. Sammy and Charlie both lost close contests, that on another night could have gone our way.

“I feel really sorry young James Anderson tonight. I thought James won all three rounds on debut but didn’t get the decision.

“That’s how it goes sometimes in boxing, you don’t always get what you deserve.

“James is one of the hardest workers in the Walcot gym, and I feel sure that if he sticks at it he is a future champion in the making.”

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