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WEYMOUTH Amateur Boxing Club’s Liam Simpson and Toby Osmond put on a stellar show during a night of international boxing at Redlands.

The Dorset duo were two members of the 10-strong England team who faced off against their Wales counterparts, and each played his role in an 8-2 overall victory for the hosts.

Such was the stature of the occasion that it began with Gemma Oliver providing the vocals to the national anthems, which were greatly received by the audience.

Ten bells also sounded for club servants Madeleine Hurst and Gordon Nelmes, before the boys entered the ring accompanied by the Corps of Drums of the Wessex Military Band.

Once the action had got underway, Simpson made a quick start in his bout, catching his opponent Jarrod Jones with some heavy right hands to win the first two rounds.

Jones hit back while Simpson faded in the final round but the Weymouth boxer was not to be denied, running out a 12-7 winner.

Osmond, the other local representative, locked horns with Aled Cooke. Cheered on by the home fans, Osmond gave his all but was out-boxed by Cooke, who counter-punched and won on points.

However, both Weymouth youngsters performed admirably and the evening was declared an overwhelming success for the Dorset outfit.

ABA chairman Keith Walters presented the winning team trophy to England coach Martin Utley – and even offered the club another international next year.

Speaking afterwards, Weymouth ABC president Dave Nelmes said: “I’d like to say many thanks to all the sponsors at this international. Without their help there would be no show.

“It takes a lot of time and hard work to organise an event like this.”


Liam Simpson (Eng) beat Jarrod Jones (Wal), points win; Joey Taylor (Eng) beat Gareth Isherwood (Wal), points win; Robbie Davis (Eng) beat Ashely Appleby (Wal), points win; Andy Townsend (Eng) lost to Manso Lee (Wal), points win; Chantell Cameron (Eng) beat Charlene Jones (Wal), points win; Toby Osmond (Eng) lost to Aled Cooke (Wal), points win; Shane Sadler (Eng) beat Tony Pace (Wal), points win; Shafiq Asif (Eng) beat Craig Woodruff (Wal), points win; Carlos Dwyer (Eng) beat Sean Loye (Wal), points win; Matt Neilson (Eng) beat Laim Williams (Wal), by knockout.

Kia Ora Best English Boxer: Shafiq Asif.

Kia Ora Best Welsh Boxer: Aled Cooke.

Larkins Best Boxer of the Night: Robbie Davis.

Article courtesy of Dorset Echo

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