Huthwaite Amateur Boxing Club end the year on a high

A good crowd turned out to see Huthwaite Boxing Club’s final amateur boxing show of the year.

And the fans at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Mansfield Woodhouse got to enjoy six high quality bouts.

Three of the bouts featured boxers from Huthwaite and it was the club’s light-middleweight, Nikita Golubs, who was the star of the show as he made light work of his bout against Neil Ward from One Nation.

The 17-year-old began at a blistering pace and landed powerful punches on his opponent who was forced to take two standing counts in the opening round.

And it wasn’t long until the referee stopped the one-sided contest.

In the early stages of the second round, a stunning right hand from Nikita left his opponent dazed and unable to continue. Nikita has now won both of his amateur contests in impressive style.

In the fight of the night Huthwaite’s Dean Taylor and Leicester Unity’s Sheryalai Dalawarzada exchanged punches for three exhausting rounds.

Both boxers came out swinging and landed with accurate punches. The relentless pace, set from the first bell, continued to the very end with neither boxer taking a backwards step.

After the final bell the judges awarded Sheryalai a close but unanimous decision.

Huthwaite’s heavyweight Matthew Hawkins stepped up a level in class of opponent as he boxed against Broderick Murphy from Aston.

Matthew, who has had 11 bouts, began to land his shots in the latter stages of the contest but the difference in experience showed as his talented opponent picked his punches and boxed impressively to win by two points.

In the other contest to feature a local club, 13-year-old James Green from Power Gym in Derbyshire secured a unanimous decision win against Kyan Hayes from Aldercar & Langley Mill.

In an entertaining bout, James showed good technique and scored with good combinations, making Kyan take a count in the third round.

Huthwaite’s Scott Calow said of the show: “We should have had seven boxers boxing on the night but we ended up with three, but it’s just one of those things.

“There were pull-outs on the day and in the week before the show and things like that- these things happen.

“It’s unfortunate that a few of the lads didn’t get the chance to get on, it’s disappointing.

“But I think all the fights were entertaining and all in all it was a good evening.”

The club are planning their next amateur show for March of next year.