Shirebrook boxing showdown raises £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

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The showdown between local boxing club coaches Roger Brotherhood and Troy Kissane produced a superb fight and helped to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The show at Shirebrook Leisure Centre was a complete sell-out with VIP ringside tables selling within weeks of being put on sale.

Long-term friends and rivals Brotherhood, of Team Body & Soul Gym, and Kissane, of Shirebrook Boxing Club put on a great show of pace, skill and aggression which was scored as a draw as a mark of respect to both men for the work they’d put into the charity show.

Brotherhood said: “The legend Steve Ward told me after the show he thought this was our best show to date and Troy and myself boxed out of our skin with more pace, skill and aggression than any bout of the night and was without a doubt the most skilful and exciting of the night.”

Alongside the Troy Kissane v Roger Brotherhood charity bout at Shirebrook, there were 10 other very evenly-matched bouts which saw Team Body & Soul fighters win them all.

Dean Taylor earned a second round stoppage of Dean Ragan in the opener.

Lester Keane achieved a first round stoppage of Ben Barratt, JJ Moore was awarded the decision in a superb fight with Wayne Roberts and Justin ‘Meatlfy’ Marriott won the decision over Carl Sweeney.

Darren Dyche was given a standing count and also knocked down before the referee finally stopped his fight with Dean Rowley.

British Masters Champion Ian Clarke was declared the winner against Neil Woods while Darren Snow was adjudged to have beaten Dean Banks.

After a great bout, Leon Lapinski and Craig Sprigg’s clash was declared a draw, while Dom Allcock was given a hard-earned decision against Tommy Barratt.

Picture by DKO Imagery.