Ashley Banks eye-catching win as he outlasts previously unbeaten fighter

Ashley Banks (left) and Fitzgerald (right)
Ashley Banks (left) and Fitzgerald (right)

Aylesbury Boxing Club youngster Ashley Banks underlined his potential by winning his latest bout against a previously unbeaten home favourite at the weekend.

The club travelled to Welwyn Garden City for the latest fight meeting and took brothers Sam and Ben Fitzgerald and Banks to compete.

There was frustration as Sam Fitzgerald’s opponent withdrew at the 11th hour leaving older brother Ben and 15 year old Banks to fly the Aylesbury colours.

Up first was Banks, fighting after the bitter disappointment of losing a razor thin decision at ABC’s recent home show, searching for redemption.

But it was never going to be easy as he squared off against Welwyn’s undefeated teen sensation Tyler Montague.

The fight started fast with Banks growing into the contest .

And in the third the home fighter looked a spent force. Banks’ supreme conditioning and fitness enabled him to control and measure his opponent for the duration of the third round almost scoring at will. Banks was elated when his hand was raised for a majority points win in a hard fought contest.

Fitzgerald was up against power puncher James O’Keefee. But as the bell rang O’Keefee threw out a jab which Fitzgerald timed beautifully switching his weight and throwing a perfect straight right which sent his opponent to the canvas. O’Keefee gamely continued but Fitzgerald showed no mercy and the referee had eventually seen enough and awarded Fitzgerald the TKO victory.

Coach Sol Khan said: “There were no easy fights for Aylesbury on this card, we had drawn two highly regarded boxers on their home turf and came away with wins. Fights are won and lost in the gym and Ben and Ashley’s dedication and commitment to their training is second to none.”