Boxers impress 300 at Redlands

WEYMOUTH boxers wowed more than 300 supporters with some impressive displays at the Redlands rumble.

The home contingent chalked up three victories at the seaside club’s latest tournament, which also played host to the Western Counties Senior Novice Finals.

First up for the seasiders was Brendan McNulty and he got the ball rolling with an impressive win against Penhill’s James Richards – a more experienced boxer.

McNulty edged an exciting contest with a 6-8, 4-3, 10-8 verdict. Storm Look was also up against a formidable opponent in the form of Billy Stanbury (Combe Martin). The home boxer was put under enormous pressure from the off and went down to a 3-6, 8-13, 4-6 defeat.

Toby Osmond was up next and he faced a familiar rival in Louis Trinder of Penhill.

Trinder was out for revenge after Osmond triumphed in their last meeting, but the latter ran out a worthy winner once again.

After losing the first round, the Weymouth member fought back to eventually pull through 7-9, 7-4, 17-11.

Toby’s older brother Jason then stepped in to the ring but his bout with Callum Harper (Watchet) did not go to plan and the home boxer was knocked out in the opening round.

Senior Mark Allen-Denton lost 11-12, 6-6, 6-10 in his first bout for 11 years but more than played his part in what was a very close contest against Kevin Procter (Ryde, Isle of Wight).

The final Weymouth boxer in action – Steve Alker – rounded off the home stable’s participation in style as he got the nod in a pulsating bout with L Balstone (Hove).

Alker, an ex-Schoolboy champion, was in fine form and came out on top 12-10, 8-9, 18-11.

Alistair Corson was due to box Marley Samways of Moneyfields but the seasider’s opponent broke down en route to Redlands and was unable to attend.

Weymouth ABC president David Nelmes was delighted with the club’s latest offering, which had former British, Commonwealth and European champion Tony Simpson and Coun Pamela Nixon in attendance.

He said: “We had 180 people sat for dinner and roughly 153 more paying just to watch the action. Everybody was happy with the show and the performances of the boys.

“All our lads did well, especially Steve Alker who was brilliant, and credit also goes to all the Weymouth coaches.

“The lads were boxing in their new vests and tracksuits, sponsored by Trevor Stratton and Dean Batchelor, and they looked very smart indeed.”

Weymouth’s next show takes place at the Riviera Hotel on January 23.

WESTERN COUNTIES BOUTS

Shane Le Patourel (Amalgamated) beat Edwards Bradbury (Bodmin) on points

Joe Wallace (Tredworth) beat Chris Billam-Smith (Oakmead) on points

George Harvey (Poole) beat Tom Gifford (Empire) by knockout

Adam Bannister (Devonport) beat Lauson D’Costa (Penhill) on points

Jon Vance (Yeovil) beat Adrian Campbell (Devonport) by fourth-round stoppage

Tom Duff (Amalgamated) beat Adam Turner (Truro) on points

Terry Richards (NSC) beat Shane Goggings (Jersey Leonis) on points

Liam Diffy (Poole) beat Wayne Calladine (Amalgamated) on points

Valentin Bumbul (Combe Martin) beat Ben Stoker (Taunton) by knockout .

words courtesy of Dorset Echo


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