THERE was mixed success for Swindon ABC as they held their second open show at Supermarine Sports Club at the weekend.
The show consisted of 14 bouts, of which eight involved boxers from the home club who picked up four wins on an evening where one of their boxers was competing in a skills contest.
The first bout of the night saw 10-year-old Lewis Varey take part in his second skills contest against Shaun Callaway from the Windrush Valley ABC. Varey showed great composure throughout the three rounds, throwing lovely straight shots and the odd hook, while his opponent gave him a good run for his money and kept Varey on his toes throughout.
Second up for Swindon ABC was 12-year-old John Varey against Louis Peat from Shepshed ABC in Leicestershire.
Varey started well in the opening round with crisp combinations and fended off most of his opponent’s counter attacks before dominating the last two rounds to score a well deserved win Tom Varey, 12, was up next against Kian Corssen from Shepshead ABC, with the Swindon man boxing a clever fight as he consistently came forward to gain a unanimous points victory.
Home boxer Liam Baily enjoyed a height and reach advantage over Nathan Knight from Gloucester and put both to good use as he kept his opponent at range and picked off everything Knight threw at him.
Baily used clever footwork to move in and out of attacks and forced his opponent’s corner to throw the towel in after he received a standing eight count.
Baily was given the boxer of the night award from Swindon’s IBO Intercontinental champion, Kelvin Young.
Migill Lee and Leon Mills of Titans ABC put on a superb display from start to finish but it was Lee who took a convincing victory as he threw cleaner and more accurate shots throughout.
The home club’s first defeat of the night came when Joshua Rowland, who was boxing in his first match, went down to Empire’s Osama Ziman.
Rowland started well, catching his southpaw opponent with plenty of right hands, but Ziman edged his way back into the contest and eventually claimed the victory.
Another defeat came when Connor Gray of Emeralds Club got the better of Swindon’s Joe Drury, but the home boxer performed well in a match which ended in a split decision.
The final fight of the night for Swindon saw senior boxer Musha Malcolm enter the ring for a fight he accepted with only 10 days of training due to a back injury, and although he battled well in the first half his opponent took advantage of Malcolm’s lack of preparation and claimed the victory.