Home boxers shine at Chatteris

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The Sportsman was packed to the rafters for the Chatteris Boxing Club show and dinner on Saturday evening with 12 fights on the card.

Ryan Ducker was the first of five Chatteris boxers on the programme.

His opponent was Johnny Maloney of Wisbech in a match made at 35k over three one-and-a-half minute rounds.

Ducker is improving with every fight, putting Maloney on the back foot early on. The Wisbech lad came back at Ducker in round two, but Ducker’s fitness was beginning to tell.

Round three also went to the Chatteris boxer, but both lads received a great ovation after a great opening fight.

George Chrysanthou of Chatteris fought M Singleton from Ipswich, in a 50k bout.

This proved to be a difficult fight for the Chatteris lad who began well fighting off a solid jab, but Singleton edged three close rounds

Dean Baxter (Chatteris) met J Hughs (Donnington Ex Service Club), in a 47k fight over three one-and-a-half minute rounds.

Baxter, the taller of the two, was showing his rapid fighting style and took the first round. Round two was more even.

In the final round Baxter’s reach advantage made a big difference, he took the round and the verdict.

The crowd erupted when into the ring stepped Jordan Gill, the England Junior International and CYP 60k Champion.

This was a further step up for Gill at 62k as he took on Karl Allen from the Eastgate Club, a fighter with over 50 wins on his record.

Allen was also heavier and 11 years older than Gill in a four two-minute rounds contest.

Gill with speed and accuracy went from head to body with some cracking punches.

In round two, Gill delivered two straight lefts followed by hooks to the ribcage of Allen bringing a standing eight count.

Lefts and rights to the body and another severe hook to the jaw brought a second standing eight count in the round.

In round three Gill’s switch-hitting was causing Allen to swing wildly and he did clip Gill on the side of the head.

Round four was just a question of time before the referee would step in; and he did. Gill saluted his fans after his TKO win.

In the last fight of the night, Peter Axelsen (Chatteris) 65k won his maiden fight against J Crofts 65k from the Gold Star Club.

Axelsen landed punch after punch on the Gold Star fighter; bringing a standing eight count. The ref made sure Crofts was ready to go on, but seconds later the ref stepped in and Axelsen won with a first round stoppage.

At the same show March ABC’s Percy Baxter came out strongly against a very powerful J Askew (Ipswich ABC).

Baxter won the first round very well and in the second round caught him with a back hand. The referee gave Askew a standing count of 8.

Then Baxter hit him with a wicked right hook to the body, Askew collapsed in the corner and the towel was thrown in for a TKO.

Regan Lazenby (March ABC) fought C Durning (Cambridge ABC).

Lazenby caught his opponent with a back hand. The ref gave Durning a standing count of 8 but he came back very strongly. This was a very good bout of hard punching from both boys.

In the end it was hard to call who had won and Durning got the nod.

Other results: M Rooney 44k (St Ives) lost to L Davies (Donnington Ex Services). P Sadjadi 54k (Cambridge) defeated S Scarff (St Ives). S Bowers 79k defeated D Kapitaniak (Wisbech). T Martin 64k (St Ives) lost to S Bowen (Earl Shilton Club).

l On Friday at Doncaster ABC, Tony Smith (March ABC) fought Joe Egan (Barnsley Star ABC)

These two boys have recorded four wins out of four. It was very close all through the bout and Smith got the nod with the better defence.

On Saturday at Harwich ABC, Harry Rody (March ABC) bagged his second win in a week when he fought G. Bird (Colchester ABC).

Ben Channing (March ABC) lost a hard fought contest to Jack Price (Granston ABC) on a majority points verdict.