Aylesbury Boxing Club hosted its home show on Saturday showcasing some of the town’s finest fighting talent.
Eight Aylesbury boxers were scheduled to appear alongside the ABA Championships which were co-hosted at the event and we summarise how each of them got on:
Hanzla Hamza (Aylesbury ABC) vs Ocsar Stevens (Oxford Academy) – Mandeville Schoolboy Hamza was making his debut for Aylesbury and dominated the bout throughout with his high guard and sublime head movement to ensure very little in the way of offence came back. Hamza secured a unanimous decision.
Charlie Solomons (Aylesbury ABC) vs Zeeshan Zaid (Dallow Road) – Solomons utilised a high guard to pick his ultra-aggressive opponent apart. A picture perfect right hook from Solomons resulted in his opponent receiving a standing eight count in the first. The Aylesbury Vale Academy pupil pulled away in the second. In the third Solomons learned that although tired Zaid was always dangerous as he was caught with left hook-right hook combination to force a standing eight count. But the home fighter was not to be denied as he won back the round and secured a unanimous victory.
Tyler-Rhys Bentley (Aylesbury ABC) vs Jimmy McDonagh (Cheshunt) – Aylesbury Vale Academy student Bentley was giving away four inches in height. Bentley had trouble with the reach in the first and second rounds as he tried to figure his opponent out. Bentley came alive in the third as he used beautiful footwork and head movement to cause his opponent all sorts of problems. Switching his attack he found rhythm in the up and down attack. However he fell ever so slightly short, losing by a close majority decision.
Ashley Banks (Aylesbury ABC) vs Radar Aziz (Leicester Unity) – Ashley was faced off against Leicester Unity prospect Aziz. Banks used his trademark bounce to close the distance and was effective from all angles. However, judges saw it differently and awarded Aziz a split decision victory.
Jake Fitzgerald (Aylesbury ABC) vs Kenny Chambers (Milton Keynes Victors) – It was a quick days work for the home boxer dubbed ‘The Snake’ as he damaged his opponent in the very first exchange and forced an eight count. The towel flew in from the Milton Keynes corner shortly afterwards.
Shoib Mohammed (Aylesbury ABC) vs Bilal Hussain (Berrinsfield) – An interesting bout between power-puncher Mohammed and tall rangy striker Hussain. Each had their share of success, The Aylesbury Vale Academy student seemed to be on top, but the judges awarded it to the Berrinsfield boxer on a razor-thin decision much to the disappointment of the home crowd – a rematch is being arranged.
Dan Stone (Aylesbury ABC) vs Bradley Dell (Cheshunt) – Debutant Stone showed flashes of brilliance catching his opponent with sharp counters. But the judges favoured his opponents more aggressive style over Stone’s crisp counter punching and awarded the Cheshunt fighter a majority decision.
Ben Fitzgerald (Aylesbury ABC) vs Edward Reilly (Berrinsfield) – The best was saved for last as slick Fitzgerald faced off against Reilly and neither man took a backward step.
However, the Aylesbury boxer’s fearsome inside game was too much for the Berrinsfield pugilist and all the judges agreed giving Fitzgerald a unanimous decision.