WALCOT ABC duo Vinnie Smith and Manjeet ‘Bobby’ Bharj recorded victories at the recent South Wye Police ABC event in Hereford, writes DAVE VEYSEY.

Smith encountered the hard-hitting Dumitry Narousky from the host club over three two-minute rounds.

From the opening bell, the home boxer attacked with strong, double-handed salvos, and within a minute Smith was on the wrong end of a standing count.

However, he bravely survived the onslaught and came out for the second session with a different game plan, which saw him land with some heavy shots of his own.

Smith’s sustained attacks of left jabs and straight rights resulted in the referee issuing a standing count to Narousky midway through the round.

The final two minutes of action saw Smith inflict another two standing counts on his tough opponent, with the referee wisely calling a halt to the bout with 30 seconds of the contest remaining as the Walcot fighter took victory.

Smith’s cornerman Daniel Hughes said: “Vinnie had to dig deep after a tough opening round but his courage and fitness won the bout for him.”

Bharj completed Walcot’s win-double with a points victory over Hussain Ramani from Midlands club Windmill ABC.

Bharj totally bossed the contest over the first two rounds, finding the target repeatedly with fast left jabs and straight rights.

However, the Walcot boxer exerted a lot of energy over those four minutes, and he started to run out of steam during the final round.

Despite intense pressure from Ramani, Bharj was able to hold himself together and take victory via a split points decision.

Walcot head coach Harry Scott said: “Bobby is learning all the time and he showed true grit to keep going at the end when he was very tired.

“Vinnie also did well, and it’s great to compete away from home and return with two victories.”