Lympstone ABC quartet see off Royal Navy boxers

PUBLISHED: 14:51 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:51 26 March 2013

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Lympstone ABC supplied four boxers for the Devon team that took on Plymouth Command at HMS Raleigh, Torpoint and the quartet all won, writes Neil Parsons.

Sam Walkey, fighting at 84kg, was first into the ring taking on Clint Cupid of the Royal Navy. Southpaw Walkey shipped a heavy hard right and was fortunate that the bell to end the first round came when it did! However, straight after the bell for the second round Walkey landed a right left combination followed by a hook that forced his opponent to take a mandatory eight count. Just before the end of the second round another three-punch combination sent Cupid to the canvass and the referee stopped the contest in favour of the Lympstone boxer.

Jared Jones was next into the ring against the Navy’s Laurence Blakely. Jones had edged a close contest when the pair met at Bournemouth a month before. This bout was just as tight, but Jones again prevailed with a terrific late hook in the fourth that ended the match prematurely!

Ollie Kitchen met the vastly more experienced Francis Lynn from Priorswood. Kitchen began well with some flashy southpaw leads and shaded the first round. Lynn stepped up the tempo in the second to level things up. The third ebbed and flowed, but at the final judgement, the decision went in favour of Kitchen by the narrowest of margins.

Connor Lester stepped up in class against Dann Turrant of the Royal Navy. Both boxers opened with strong heavy blows that landed on the opponent. The second round saw Lester get on top landing some good body shots, but Turrant rallied in the third. However, Lester’s superior fitness saw him see off the Naval boxer’s onslaught and land a tight majority verdict.

Lympstone’s junior boxer, 12-year-old Rory Clay (42kgs) featured in a supporting bout against Brandon Stacey of the Pilgrims Club.

Clay forced the bout throughout, never taking steps backwards and seemed to have done enough, but the judges gave the verdict to Stacey at 9-8, 9-8, 8-10.

This was Clay’s fifth defeat, all by tight margins which bodes well for his future and everyone at the club is confident that they have a champion in the making. All that is needed now is for future judges to notice!

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