The only way really is Essex for Aylesbury Boxing Club after a hugely successful trip to Basildon’s Berry ABC Home Show yielded some impressive trophies.
First up was Aylesbury schoolboy Tyler-Rhys Bentley, 12, who squared off against Asif Ishfaq from Southend.
It was Bentley’s debut competitive bout and he opened the first round scoring fast using double jabs and right hooks to keep his opponent on the back foot.
The difference in the fight was the Aylesbury fighter’s footwork which he used to completely outbox his opponent in the second round.
After two rounds it was a unanimous decision for Bentley in an extremely entertaining bout.
Next on the bill was the club’s senior novice debutant Ryan O’Connell who went up against Brian Keating from Holland Shore ABC.
Opening the fight, O’Connell showed signs of first fight nerves but soon overcame them to take control of the bout with a flurry of combinations scoring valuable first round points. In the second round, Keating evened the scores up and the third and final round saw a reinvigorated O’Connell put in a strong and determined display to overwhelm his opponent for a majority win.
Meanwhile, at the Corby ABC Show in Northants, Aylesbury’s Sam Fitzgerald faced off against home fighter Kane Mceachran.
The first round started slowly with each boxer holding back and looking for the openings. Fitzgerald used his formidable jab to probe the defences of Mceachran and followed through with some beautiful three and four shot combinations.
Fitzgerald held the centre of the ring and was more composed as he worked his left hook to the head and body of the Corby boxer in the second.
The Aylesbury fighter gained the upper hand in the third and the judges awarded a majority decision in his favour.
ABC’s Lloyd Smith and Ashley Banks had the disappointment of seeing their opponents pull out at the 11th hour.