WALCOT ABC put on a highly entertaining boxing show at the Supermarine Sports and Social Club last Friday, where a packed house saw 14 contests, 13 involving Walcot boxers, writes Dave Veysey.

Former Walcot star Ryan Martin, now rising up through the pro ranks, was on hand to dish out the trophies as the host club enjoyed eight victories, with three losses, and two skills bouts.

On a night of outstanding Walcot performances, the ‘Best Walcot Boxer’ trophy went to Kyran Rouse.

The 13-year-old was always in command during his contest with Billy Downton from Western Warriors, and a standing count in the third round confirmed an impressive unanimous points’ victory.

Another comfortable Walcot winner was 11-year-old Sadie Harris.

Her non-stop aggression and high workrate proved too much for her opponent Page Ford, Harris winning by a unanimous points’ verdict.

Walcot’s Alex Masters, overcame Finn Booth from the Factory Gym in Gloucester by the same scoreline, to notch up another career victory.

Fion James, 12, joined in the party with a comfortable points’ win over Jack Emery from Western Warriors.

Fourteen-year-old Vinnie Smith was another unanimous points’ victor, he beat Yate’s Michael Chinnery after a power-packed display.

In the Youth section, 17-year-old Bolton Fernandas won his bout by a split decision over Luke Deverson from Western Warriors.

This was a tough contest, with the home boxer edging a thriller.

There were also wins for two of Walcot’s senior boxers.

The stylish Shakrukh Nanji tasted success on his ring debut, beating Woking’s Lerenzo Dilliberto on a split points’ decision.

The show-closer saw Manjit ‘Bobby’ Bharj twice floor the brave Karl Pepper from Kings ABC, before winning by knockout.

There were also some heroic performances from Walcot boxers in defeat.

Thirteen-year-old Sammy Harris was involved in a terrific scrap with Barton Hill’s Sonny Grady before losing a close one on points.

Mahdi Behsodi battled bravely but lost out to Broad Plain’s Jack Goddard, whilst 14-year-old Poppy Dingwall found Abbie Lea from Woking too strong.

There were also two skills contests, which are bouts with no winners or losers.

Walcot youngsters Leo Morris and Nerea Perez Chirgwin both gave an excellent display of boxing skills in their exhibition bouts.

Walcot chief coach Harry Scott said: “Thanks to all our supporters and sponsors who have made this a great evening for our club, especially our main sponsor Vince Gibbs.

“The Walcot coaches have done a great job, Danny Hughes has done a great job matching the bouts, and our chairman John McGrath has put a lot of work in too.”