Huthwaite’s amateur boxers took the headlines on a big night of amateur boxing at the Forest Town Welfare, writes David Statham.
There was 11 high-quality bouts in total and the show included two Elite Midlands semi-final championship bouts, which saw the best boxers from the region at 75kg battle it out.
Star performer for Huthwaite was junior boxer Jordan Turner who picked up another win and also the Mick Riley Award for being Huthwaite’s Boxer of the Night.
The trophy, named in memory of the club’s late coach, was presented to him by Huthwaite’s professional boxer Paddy Connors after Jordan had impressed when outscoring Jack Pearson from East Hull in an entertaining bout.
Declend Weaver made a lasting impression on his Huthwaite debut when Manton Boxing Club retired their boxer, Jamie Matthews, in the late stages of their bout.
Declend landed with powerful, accurate combinations and he knocked his opponent to the canvas in the final round. Jamie climbed up and battled on but his corner team wisely threw in the towel.
Huthwaite’s Steven Clark and Rhys Bevan also picked up victories.
Junior Steven convincingly beat Siraj Ahmed, who was representing Birmingham-based Jawaid Khaliq Boxing Academy. Talented Steven, who was participating in his final bout for the club because his family is relocating, showcased his slick boxing skills against his taller opponent and won by five points on one of the judge’s scorecards.
Cruiserweight Rhys battled through a bleeding nose and a near shut-eye to edge out fellow debutant John McCracken from East Hull. After losing the first round, Rhys came back with gritty determination and furiously charged his opponent down until the final bell. Rhys’ hard work paid off as he landed with enough shots to take an extremely tight majority decision.
Huthwaite’s Nick Golubs put in a good performance but struggled to deal with Jake Bell’s fast hands and speedy movement. Nick put the pressure on Jake, from Jawaid Khaliq Boxing Academy, from the beginning and sporadically landed scoring shots, but he lost a close but unanimous decision.
Nathan Capeness, of Huthwaite, had his bout called off as his opponent was involved in a minor car crash on the way to the venue and was subsequently late, and Huthwaite’s Ellis Machin was unable to box due to illness.
Scott Calow of Huthwaite Boxing Club said: “I thought it was an excellent show. All of the lads performed well in hard bouts against tough opponents.”
Huthwaite Boxing Club’s next amateur show is planned for May.