Kelly reigns in the ring
PUBLISHED: 11:15 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 10 June 2010
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A SELL out crowd at the Exmouth Pavilion last Friday night was treated to an exciting evening's boxing of ten very evenly matched and closely contested bouts, writes Phil Crook.
A SELL out crowd at the Exmouth Pavilion last Friday night was treated to an exciting evening's boxing of ten very evenly matched and closely contested bouts, writes Phil Crook.Local boxer Russell Smith made a very encouraging debut in a skills contest with Kai Avery from South Molton. Fittingly the bout ended in a tie with both fighters receiving winners trophies. Danny Kelly had his first bout in Exmouth's colours since his transfer from Bedworth ABC, Coventry, and he couldn't have come up against a tougher opponent than James Miles from Devonport. After a very lively and even first round, Kelly came under extreme pressure in the second round but used his superb defensive skills and even managed to land some scoring counters that stopped Miles from getting too far ahead on the judges' score cards. The last round was one that had to be won by Kelly and he came out full of renewed purpose and dominated as he chased Miles from corner to corner. He fully deserved the unanimous decision he received and both boxers were well worth the standing ovation they got from the enthusiastic crowd, and it could have come as no surprise when Kelly also collected the best junior of the night trophy.Lympstone's Jared Jones was involved in a very skillful contest with Yanis Tyler from Devonport with the Plymouth boxer just getting the verdict by the narrowest of margins. Gage Seldon made a huge step up in class when he clashed with Paignton fighte, Elliot Browse. It was only the third bout for Seldon but Browse was stepping through the ropes for the 16th time but, despite the gulf in experience, it was Seldon who made the better start. He kept the centre of the ring and scored well with his left jab as he clearly took the first round. Then, after Browse took the second round, Seldon produced a wonderful third and final round to deservedly get the nod from the ringside judges.Lympstone's Alex Webb's contest with Joe Cadagon from Carl's Boxing Stable in Plymouth was the subject of the most controversial scoring of the night by the judges. One judge voted against Webb by five points whilst another had him winning it by eight points, but the judge that had him winning by a single point seems to have been the one most in tune with the crowd. Webb's all out attacking style deservedly saw him get the win from a tough and exciting contest and also pick up the award as the night's top senior.