Lympstone's Fenton-Harvey lands terrific triumph at Exeter's Lemon Grove
PUBLISHED: 19:17 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:17 24 April 2013
Eighteen-year-old Jon Fenton-Harvey put in arguably themnost gutsy performance seen by a Lympstone boxer for many a year when he met Eddie Turner of Ilminster and Chard ABC at the Lemon Grove Exeter University, writes Neil Parsons.
Boxing in the 65kg class it was Turner who came charging out at the first and his early onslaught clearly ruffled the Lympstone boxer. Turner looked determined to end the bout as soon as he could and, two rounds in he looked well in control.
However, Fenton-Harvey found a new lease of life and started to take control putting his opponent on the back foot under a barrage of relentless pressure that had Turner wilting and desperately hanging on to the final bell.
When the scores were collated Fenton-Harvey had pulled off a remarkable victory by scores of 13-10, 21-19, 16-10.
Next in action was 20-year-old Louis Jeans (62kg), returning to the ring after a five-year break and he took on another come-back boxer in the shape of Chris Hingley from the Heart of Devon ABC.
This was a nip and tuck affair for the first two rounds as each boxer enjoyed spells of dominance.
Ultimately it was the superior fitness of Jeans that earned him the victory with the judges awarding him the bout with scores of 9-6, 13-5, 10-7. Jeans also lifted the Best Boxer on the Night award.
Ollie Kitchen (21 years an d81kgs), stepped up a class to take on Eddie Thompson
from Ashford ABC in Kent in a contest of four two-minute rounds. Thompson started throwing big right hands trying to catch southpaw Kitchen cold, but the Lympstone boxer used his skill and footwork to keep out of trouble.
Kitchen boxed a cool calculated bout that saw him completely dominate the contest throughout spearing Thompson with southpaw rights as the Ashford boxer threw his wild swings.
Kitchen won a one sided contest by scores of 32-7, 15-6,12-8.