Monday, 9 April 2007

First Newtown Boxing Show for 19 Years

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Fight Night Saturday, 7/4/2007

Newtown’s amateur boxing club show held in the Monty club Newtown produced a wonderful exhibition of boxing skill & ability. The first boxing event in Newtown for over 19 years involved 8 Newtown boxers, other Welsh and English clubs, as well as an Irish representative team. The event raised money for breast cancer and Newtown amateur boxing club. The boxing club would like to thank the Monty club, all sponsors and local businesses for their kind support and donations, the organisers, officials, medical support, and everyone else who helped contribute to the overwhelming success of the event. We would also like to extend our thanks to the boxers and clubs that took part in the event, recognising that many of you responded at very short notice.

Fight reports:

The show opened with a junior exhibition bout at 46kg between Newtown’s Dan Capper and J.Mates of Ireland’s Bracken club. Dan’s inferior experience was never an issue, and the fight provided a fitting start to the show with a fine battle between two hardworking boxers.

Young firecracker J.Maning of Northside took a unanimous points decision against a very game J.Turner of Droitwich. Three rounds of none stop action from the 29kg junior boxers. Despite their young age both boxers showed a high degree of skill to produce a very good bout.

Calum Wilson of Newtown gave a strong performance against A.Grizzle of Aston in a 60kg junior contest. Despite his grit and determination Wilson could not overcome the higher workrate and superior reach of the Aston boxer. The Aston boxer earning a points decision.

Best junior boxer of the night, the skilful Louis Miskin of Newtown, provided a show of shear class over the full three rounds of boxing to outperform a very game and hardworking Tom Davies of Welshpool at 67kg. Miskin earning a well deserved, unanimous points decision.

Despite being disadvantaged by unsuitable boxing footwear! Luke Matthews of Newtown struggled on and put up a game performance on his debut, against L.Walsh of Droitwich who demonstrated his superior experience. The junior 63.5kg fight saw the Droitwich boxer taking a unanimous points decision.

Crowd pleaser Evan Andrews of Newtown continued to extend his impressive unbeaten run in the junior 64kg class, to overcome the superior experience of S.Egan of Bracken. Egan showed good boxing skills, but it wasn’t enough on the night to combat the speed and power of Andrews. Andrews taking a points decision.

The boxing skills of Meifod’s Tim Heyward, in the senior 64kg class, were stifled by powerhouse P.Morgan of Towy. Heyward rallied well before finally being stopped by the flamboyant Morgan in the third round of the fight.

The closest fight of the night produced a fine display of all round boxing ability between Newtown’s David Gibbs & Bracken’s Alan Kenna. Gibbs, giving away a weight advantage to Kenna, showed a high degree of composure throughout the fight. The solid performance of a relieved Kenna finally taking a points decision.

Giving away some 25 bouts, and in his first bout for over two years Johnny Wheatley of Newtown produced an impressive showing at 80kg against the skilful Gareth Dodd of Shrewsbury‘s Severnside. The taller Dodd impressed with his technical ability and superior experience. In contrast Wheatley exhibited composure and power to produce a good contest. Dodd earning a unanimous points decision.

Another boxer in his first comeback fight for over two years was, former International, Russell Pearce of Meifod. At 69kg Pearce was up against, the eventual best boxer of the night, R. El Masri of Bracken. The impressive El Masri was quicker to establish himself, with the ring rusty Pearce rallying in the latter part of the fight. El Masri earning a unanimous points decision.

The award of best Newtown boxer went to the all action Jonathan (Joff) Flower. Flower from Rhayader, at 74kg, was up against a very game J.Jones of Aston who gave a good account of himself. However Flower pressured his opponent throughout, connecting with some powerful shots over the three rounds, earning him a unanimous decision.

Above picture from left to right: R. El Masri (best boxer) Jon Flower presented by Jo Lister with the Daniel Lister memorial trophy for best Newtown boxer, and far right is Louis Miskin (best junior boxer)

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