Lympstone boxer Salt lands Devon, Dorset and Somerset Schoolboy Championship win

PUBLISHED: 11:50 27 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:50 27 February 2014

Jack Silk has his arm raised aloft after his superb success at the Schoolboys Championships held in North Devon

Jack Silk has his arm raised aloft after his superb success at the Schoolboys Championships held in North Devon


Lympstone Boxing club member Jack Silk was a deserved victor on the Devon, Dorset and Somerset Schoolboy championship bill held at Coombe Martin, writes Neil Parsons.

The 13-year-old, boxing at 50kgs, defeated Tyron Richards, also 13, who had weighed in at a kilo more for the 50-52kg class bout.

Silk dominated proceedings from the first bell with a display of power punching that had Richards on the back foot from the outset.

Midway through the first round a good left right combination had the referee stepping in to give Richards a mandatory eight count. Silk, sensing victory was in his grasp, piled on the pressure and subjected his opponent to another barrage of punches that led to another standing count for the Cornish boxer.

Early in the second round a cracking right to the chin from Silk caused the referee to step in to end what was a very one sided contest.

Richards fought gamely throughout, but had no match for Silk’s power.

Rory Clay (13 Yrs, 40 kgs) featured in the 40-41 kg final against old foe Ollie Watts of Heart of Devon ABC.

The pair had met at Exmouth Pavilion in October when Clay was a points winner.

However, Watts exacted revenge with victory by a very tight majority decision.

Connor Powell (13 yrs, 52kg) was the third of the Lympstone ABC boxers to feature in a final when he met David Lewis of Oakmead ABC Bournemouth.

Lewis was the aggressor from the outset never letting the Lympstone lad settle into any sort of rhythm and won a unanimous point’s verdict.

Jack Silk will now join Lympstone’s Aaron Robinson and Dean Tribble who both had byes on Saturday in the Western Counties Finals to be held at Exmouth Pavilion on Saturday, March 8.

Connor Lester (19 yrs, 75 kgs) featured in a supporting bout against Callum Dovell (20 yrs 75 kgs). The opening session was very tight with Lester pressing the action and Dovell using his left to good effect.

In the second Lester gained the advantage with a left jab followed by a beefy right that shook the North Devon boxer.

The third contained non-stop action from both boxers. Dovell caught Lester with a cracking right hand whilst Lester responded with a left-right left combination that bloodied the nose of Dovell. It was Lester’s arm held aloft in victory at the final bell as he claimed a deserved points verdict.

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