Night of boxing skill - and laughs

PUBLISHED: 15:38 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 10 June 2010

A PACKED house witnessed a night of top-quality amateur boxing at the Pavilion on Friday as two boxing champions, former Irish amateur star Joe Egan and come-backing former lightweight world champion Jason Cook looked on.

A PACKED house witnessed a night of top-quality amateur boxing at the Pavilion on Friday as two boxing champions, former Irish amateur star Joe Egan and come-backing former lightweight world champion Jason Cook looked on.

Jason, who won the IBO title, received rapturous applause with Joe, famed for sparring Mike Tyson, promoting his autobiography and had the crowd in stitches.

Joe said:?"Afterwards (the sparring) he (Mike Tyson) said to me 'you're the toughest white-man on the planet'.

"Well, I don't know about that, but I was the toughest white man in the gym that day!"

The technical ability of the boxers was exceptional - and began with a skills bout between Noel Gatehouse, of Exmouth ABC, and George Bedford, of Paignton.

Skills bouts are not scored but give novice boxers experience.

But, if it had been judged, Gatehouse would have won it clearly.

In another skills bout (over three, one minute rounds) between Harry Randall-Johnson, of Lympstone and Jay Knowles, of Penhill, the crowd witnessed another fast paced bout.

The last skills bout was between E. Squire, of Exmouth and J Durrant, of Paignton.

The ever-advancing Durrant was very aggressive from the outset in what was a good mix of styles.

The first scored bout was a schoolboy contest (16 and under) between M. Chown, of Lympstone, and Connor Adaway, of Mayflower, Plymouth.

The bout was close but Adaway was busier.

Home fans got something to cheer about when Jonah Squire ,of Exmouth ABC, ran out a majority decision winner over D. Holme, of Mayflower.

Squire got his educated jab going from the off, doubling up on it as Holme advanced menacingly.

Squire's ring generalship was excellent, pot shooting with accurate single straight shots. Despite the close scores, Squire won by a mile.

Lympstone's skilful Alex Kelsall-Spurr used his boxing brain and rapid fire combinations to out-manoeuvre a strong-looking Carl Nixon, of Watchet.

In a great match of debutants who fought their hearts out, Phil Collins, of the Apollo Gym, outhustled Gwyn Raymont, of Lympstone ABC.

Gwyn stormed backed after losing the first round but lost the decision.

Tall, switch-hitting Richard King from Lympstone, may have had problems with his balance, but you couldn't doubt his punching after winning a close bout on points. King used his height and went right-hand-happy; he couldn't miss with it.

In a well-matched bout, Jake Giddins outpointed Lympstone's Tristan Kelsall-Spurr in fast-paced tussle.

In the last bout of the evening, Jared Jones was a unanimous points victor over Brett Buffin, of Apollo.


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