Seldon carrys club hopes

PUBLISHED: 15:51 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH ABC's Sam Seldon will carry the club's hope of success in this season's ABA senior novice championships at Weymouth on Saturday, writes Phil Crook.

EXMOUTH ABC's Sam Seldon will carry the club's hope of success in this season's ABA senior novice championships at Weymouth on Saturday, writes Phil Crook.As expected, the welterweight class for boxers with ring experience of between two and ten bouts has the most entries, with seven hopefuls due at the lunch-time weigh- in.The first round is always a lottery as you have no idea who you will draw. Derek Bartlett (Bodmin), who Seldon lost a controversial majority decision to in May, along with his club-mate Dave Bradbury, are well known to the club.If either are drawn against Seldon then tactics are already in place to hopefully combat the pair. Tony Ellis, from Oakmead in Bournemouth, is a completely unknown quantity, but he has an impressive record of eight bouts, winning six. More is known about the remaining three, Mike Trueman, five bouts, won two, from Torbay; Paul Faulk, two bouts and two wins from Saints in Plymouth; and Saun Dann, nine bouts, winning three, from Devonport, Plymouth. If Seldon wins his first bout in the afternoon session he will box again in the evening and, if successful again, will box the following week in Torquay. There are a lot of ifs and buts of course and no plans will be made until that crucial lunch-time draw.The club's first show of the season at the Pavilion is two weeks tomorrow (November 21, 7.45pm) and the 14 bout bill is starting to take shape.Exmouth's Russ Williams is due to make his debut in a skills contest, where he will be able to show the talents that he has developed over the last 9 months in the gym.Club-mates Fergus O'Connel, Gage Seldon and Danny Routledge are also due to box.It will be a race against the clock to see if heavyweight Kenny Corrick's medical card comes back in time to make his debut, something that the club hope will happen as nothing pleases the crowd more than two hard punching big men. Lympstone ABC are also due to have at least six boxers at the show and a sell-out seems inevitable. Tickets, priced at £10, are on sale at Auto Save in Exeter Road.

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