Friday, 27 April 2007

Mixed Bag for Newtown Boxers on Shrewsbury Show

Friday proved to be a hard night for the Newtown boxers. Only three out of the six that were initially matched on the show actually got to box. However, and despite this disappointment, the boxers who did fight performed admirably, albeit two of the three who fought were up against more experienced campaigners. Newtown boxers continue to show a determined edge and a go forward approach that brings an excitement to the ring every time they box. Even though it is late in the season, there is much more to come from this Newtown team.


Louis Miskin of Newtown remains unbeaten following his Junior bout against E Morris of Worcester. During the first round both boxers tried hard to gain some advantage during the early exchanges, with Miskin getting caught with the straight jabs and left hooks of Morris. During the second round Miskin worked his way more convincingly into the fight picking his shots with more success, and working some good two and three punch combinations. During a hard fought third round Miskin found his range and continued to rally finally earning a majority points decision.

Junior Luke Matthews exploded into action during his fight with L Walsh of Droitwich. The more experienced Walsh had the better of the early exchanges and showed his strength and durability to continue to meet Matthews toe to toe. Both boxers exchanged some heavy blows throughout the fight, with Walsh gaining slightly more success with his range. Matthews threw his hooks with real intent, and on times managed to rock back the Droitwich boxer when he landed. The hard hitting Matthews finally succumbed to the more successful straighter punching of Walsh who ground out a points win.

For the second time this season senior middleweight Jonathan Flower was up against the well refined boxing skills, and experience of Gareth Dodd of Shrewsbury. Flower struggled to get inside Dodd's longer reach to establish himself in the early rounds but worked tirelessly to get into range to work the inside. Unfortunately Flower appeared to be further burdened by some questionable referee warnings. The referee, urged on by a partisan crowd, was observed by neutrals to respond, on times, more to the atmosphere of the occasion. However this should not detract from another very impressive performance by Dodd and a brave effort by Flower. Flower attempted to stage a final effort and rallied in the third round leading to an exciting finale, with Dodd finally deserving his unanimous points decision.

Following the fights Newtown head coach Steve Chapple-Gill, although full of praise for his boxers, the Shrewsbury club's usual hospitality, and good atmosphere, he was unusually perturbed by one of the refereeing officials. In particular it was evident from Joff Flower's fight that the referee set his focus on some trivialities that were not in favour of Joff's normal pitch and roll style. But Steve was also quick to point out, while complimenting and praising Joff's opponent, that his comments were only directed to isolated decisions of one particular referee.. Read his comments following the fight.................. (see comment)

Saturday, 21 April 2007


At last friday's Amateur Boxing Show held in Aberystwyth

The on-form junior, Calum Wilson of Newtown ABC, was up against Sam Veasey of Aberystwyth. A very hard fought contest between two hard working boxers. Veasey threw some impressive combinations while producing a gutsy performance, but found it difficult to match the cleaner punching and inside work of the more powerful Wilson. Wilson forced Veasey to take two standing counts before winning a unanimous decision.

Another Newtown boxer, Louis Miskin fought Andrew Drakely of Aberystwyth in a junior exhibition bout. A very relaxed Miskin offered the audience further glimpses of his impressive all round boxing ability while the Aberystwyth boxer performed admirably in his first bout.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Trophy Presentations on behalf of Sponsors


Dan Capper being presented on behalf of sponsor, SEVERN FAST FIT

Calum Wilson being presented with trophy sponsored by NIGEL PUGH CAR SALES

Louis Miskin presented with trophy by sponsor R J SMOUT CARPENTRY

Luke Matthews presented with trophy by Murray Owen on behalf of G. OWEN & SON

Evan Andrews presented with trophy on behalf of sponsor THE BUCK HOTEL


David Gibbs & Alan Kenna, after presentation on behalf of sponsor DAVID JONES MOTORCYCLES

Jonny Wheatley presented with trophy by organizer, Earnie on behalf of WILLIAMS PLANT HIRE

Jon (Joff) Flower presented by James on behalf of WATSON ASSOCIATES

Monday, 9 April 2007

First Newtown Boxing Show for 19 Years

Updated with more pics as of Saturday, 14/04/07.

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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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