AMATEUR boxers from across the north of England went toe-to-toe at White Rose Boxing Club’s only boxing event of the year at Lightwaves Leisure Centre.
Nine bouts wowed the big crowd as White Rose boxers took on opponents from as far as York, Hull and Durham in an entertaining and big-hitting night of amateur boxing.
The Merrie City boxers couldn’t make the most of home advantage, however, with all five White Rose boxers who took to the ring failing to see their hands raised as the visitors took away the wins.
Three home boxers, namely Jordan Pickup, Thomas Sowerby and Adam Mirga, were also off the bill due to their opponents either failing to make the required weight or failing to show up.
It failed to dampen another entertaining night in the ring though and fight fans can expect to see more boxing action at Lightwaves in the not-too-distant future.
“We had two clubs fail to turn up and a few boxers fail to make the weight but it was a good night of boxing overall,” said White Rose head coach John Hall.
“It meant we had nine bouts on the night instead of 16 but I think it was a good number to have.
“We’re definitely looking to get another event organised possibly around next April time or maybe even sooner.”
White Rose’s Cain Adams was due to be part of the bill, defending his Yorkshire Belt, but his inclusion in the National ABA Senior Novice Championship in Portsmouth on Saturday meant the 18-year-old was given a rest ahead of his big bout.
The night started with four non-White Rose bouts, with the first three all going the way of the blue corner.
Fighting three, two minute rounds, Dodworth’s Adam Iqbal, City of Hull boxer Keron Dodds and Burmantofts boxer M Ahmed all won their bouts against Joey Fee (St Pauls), Jack Milner (York) and Logan North (Shilden) respectively.
Reece Bradford, of Doncaster Plant BC, ended the blue corner domination with victory over SYD Ringside boxer Josh Milner.
The first bout of the night including Merrie City presence came when Tristan Fishwick lost out on points in a closely-fought contest with Burmantofts boxer Ben Wright.
White Rose boxer Kieron Holroyd then took to the ring to face Doncaster Plant’s Bobby Cairns in what was one of the fights of the night.
The 14-year-old, who also plays rugby for Stanley Rangers, lost out on points but refused to throw in the towel after taking some big hits from his opponent.
Holroyd continued to give as good as he got throughout the fight but the fight was won by Cairns on points in a brutal battle.
After the interval White Rose’s Harem Ali entered the ring for his second competitive bout against Zed Mohammed, the fighter he came up against in his first bout. But it ended in the same way for the 16-year-old, with a close defeat for Ali on points.
The penultimate fight of the night saw Aiden White, of White Rose, stopped in the second round by technical knock-out against York boxer Joel Buckle.
Buckle dominated throughout and White suffered a cut to the eye early on.
Jack Crowther couldn’t alter his club’s fortunes in the final bout of the night as he was stopped in the first round by technical knock-out against Nathanial Dacres, of Karmand Centre BC.
For more information on White Rose Boxing Club contact John Hall on 07774 603944.