Harry's game is to remain unbeaten
PUBLISHED: 18:05 26 January 2011
AT Lympstone Amateur Boxing Club’s first bill of the year the star of the show was unquestionably unbeaten schoolboy Harry Randall-Johnson, writes David Beasley
Although the scheduled 14-bout bill at Exmouth Pavilion was greatly diminished to just eight bouts, the show served as a showcase for the 15-year-old who romped home to a unanimous decision win over Tiverton’s Alex Jones.
With guest of honour Exeter’s unbeaten professional International Masters light-welterweight king Jamie Speight looking on, Randall-Johnson now unbeaten in four bouts established his superiority with scores of 12-6, 15-7 and 9-4.
The taller Randall-Johnson, who won the best boxer prize, started by using his superior footwork to score and move out of distance and at one point strung together a neat right-left-right flurry.
Jones was trying to catch Randall-Johnson napping with lead right hands and landed one as his guard dropped but retaliated by landing a sharp right of his own.
In the third Jones piled on the pressure but Randall-Johnson did well to hold ring centre for much of the round to land straight, clean scoring punches.
Harry Webb, 14, failed to secure his third win on the turn after two one-round finishes when he was stopped by Swindon’s Jamie Knowles in the third of three two minute rounds.
Webb came out of the blocks with a high guard flinging a lead right which Knowles saw coming.
Webb was trying to load up on his shots but Knowles used his extra height and threaded in two and three-punch combinations through Webb’s guard.
Again at the start of the second Webb unsuccessfully tried to land a lead right and received a standing count towards the end of the round.
After a second count in the last round the referee stopped the contest.
Carl Connor, 18, 63kg, was stopped by Swindon’s Frankie Nicol in the first.
Connor is very quick and in the first thirty seconds used his speed to score combinations and move out.
However a crunching body shot put paid to his ambitions and saw Connor badly winded and unable to continue.
In what was not a good night for Lympstone’s seniors light middleweight Jared Jones, 71kg, 20, was disqualified in a rematch against Brian Westell from Plymouth.
Jones used his boxing skills to trounce Westell in the autumn but I thought Jones was harshly treated this time.
Jones tried to make space for his long slashing punches but Westell charged in as if it was a bull fight and Jones was the matador, head down and even rabbit punched Jones on the back of the head. This earned him a single warning.
Often Jones would side step the crude charges, but getting increasingly frustrated on more than one occasion he gave Westell a little nudge to send him into the ropes, earning the wrath of the ref and a disqualification to boot.
Lympstone ABC’s Jack Mesher boxed in a skills bout while K Avery of Barnstaple won the Southern Division Schoolboy Championships at 54kg against A Prentice of Torquay in a bout he appeared to have won.