Thursday, May 29, 2014
It was house full again at Exmouth Pavilion on Friday when Lympstone Boxing Club entertained Finchley ABC from North London in its final tournament of the current season, writes Neil Parsons.
The show was opened by 10-year-old olds Louis Silk of Lympstone and Bradley Richmand of Hamilton Green who featured in a skills bout and treated the capacity audience to three rounds of exceptional skills.
Next up for the home club was Aaron Robinson (13 years and 48kg) who was paired with Kane Constantinou (13 years and 49kg) of the Finchley club. Robinson was the aggressor from the first bell forcing his opponent onto the back foot, but the London boxer’s slick footwork kept him from serious trouble and he picked Robinson off with some very good counter punching.
Robinson began to get the measure of his man by the third round, but Constantinou had built an unassailable lead to win a unanimous points decision.
Robinson must however, be commended for a great display against one of the best at this weight in the country.
Jack Silk (13 years and 51kgs) took on Finchley ABCs Patrick Ward (13 years and 51kg). Silk boxed his usual cool calculating bout, picking his shots well to run out a very good points winner.
Angus Smith (14 years and 50gs) met Morgan Cullen from Exeter (14 years and 51kg) in a battle of undefeated boxers. Smith controlled the first round with crisp combinations comfortably winning the opening encounter. Cullen however, came to life in the second and tried forcing the issue, but Smith was in no mood to be bullied and fought off the Exeter boxer with some powerful punches that forced Cullen onto the back foot.
In the third Smith was the aggressor landing at will and securing a unanimous points verdict to keep his unbeaten record.
Lympstone’s Connor Powell (13 years and 52 kgs) met Michael O’Brian of Finchley (14 years and 52kgs). Powell did very well to stay with a very classy opponent and came very close to causing the upset of the night after three very hard rounds of boxing with first one getting on top then the other with O’Brian gaining the narrowest of majority decisions.
In the best junior bout of the evening Dean Tribble Lympstone (13 years and 62kgs) locked horns with Patrick Boyle (13 years and 63kgs) both boxers gave a display of skillfull boxing with both lads landing telling blows before the Finchley boxer was awarded a narrow points decision.
Jon Fenton-Harvey (63kgs) was under the cosh for much of his bout with Torrington boxer Joe Preece, but Fenton-Harvey hung in there and gave the Torrington boxer the fight of his life before losing a points decision.
Conner Lester (72kgs) met a real class act in Chris Onwegbusi of Finchley who moved around the ring well spearing Lester with sharp lefts.
Lester finished the bout the stronger, but had allowed the London boxer to build up an unassailable lead to win the points decision.
Top of the bill was a 73kgs contest between the home club’s Lewis Shaw and Exeter’s Dan O’Hara. The bout turned out to be the best contest of the evening with both boxers going hammer and tongs with neither willing to give ground.
In the second Shaw caught O’Hara with a cracking right that dropped the Exeter boxer for an eight count and changed the pattern of the bout. Shaw gradually got on top and went on to win well deserved points decision and the best boxer of the night trophy.
Former British light-welterweight champion Darren Hamilton who presented the prizes to the boxers said: “This is the best amateur tournament I have ever been too.”
The show was the final one for the legend of local boxing that Neil Parsons undoubtedly is and we wish him well for the future.