Leonis box to victory

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And, according to Leonis coach and organiser Dave Thompson MBE, the win was all the sweeter because so many of his boxers were inexperienced.

‘I was pleased for them because they did so well in a tough, learning environment,’ he said.

‘Afterwards it was commented on that they didn’t look as if this was the first bout they’d taken.

There were some good performances, and even the boys who lost were always in the contest.’ The main bout saw Scott Harben take on and beat Wayne Bellamy at welterweight.

In front of a 400-strong crowd Harben found his way through Bellamy’s defence more than once as he landed some good body shots, especially in the second round.

Such was his aggressive manner that Bellamy took a standing eight count in the second round before, in the third, he turned away following a vicious repetition of shots to the head and stomach which left the referee no alternative but to stop the fight in Harben’s favour.

Other Leonis boxers might not have been as destructive, but there were some sweet moments in the ring, including Decio Ferreira’s win, on points, against Alex Taylor from the Thame Boxing Club.

Ferreira found his range against his opponent early on and with a barrage of upper cuts to the chin in the last round was to win on points.

Meanwhile Danny Kennedy also won on points against Lee Papps from the Forest Oak Club.

This time Kennedy worked behind some smart left hands and, with hooks and upper cuts to the head and body, took a clear points decision at welterweight.

Alex Begbie, a raw Leonis boxer, in only his second time in the ring, took on David Flatley from Thame ABC and showed a great deal of skill as he won on points, showing a lot of flair with jabs and right hands to the body and head in the process.

Newcomer Mahmoud Farag (17), at middleweight, against Jay Aslam from Woking, delivered an immediate explosive right hand punch which, within seconds of the contest, stopped the UK boxer in his tracks.

After being told to box on, Farag’s opponent was again caught by a booming shot which prompted the referee to stop the bout in round one.

At cruiserweight Alain Kennedy was too quick against Neil Herbert, from the Mayflower ABC.

Looking dangerous whenever he moved forward Kennedy’s confident approach, allied to some fast left and right hooks saw Herbert’s right eye split open which in turn meant that the referee had no option but to stop the fight in Kennedy’s favour.

Meanwhile, guesting for Leonis, Pisces ABC’s Ryan Nicholl boxed aggressively and well within himself to win on points against Tossef Haniff from Thame ABC.

In a night of non-stop action, Leonis’ Tom Frame and his opponent both received a standing ovation when Frame beat Chris Adway, from Mayflower, again on points in a battle between two very promising teenage boxers whose skills were appreciated by the audience.

Meanwhile junior fly-weight Scott Finnigan won against Luke Johnstone from the Mayflower club, the latter being disqualified at the end of the second round having been persistently warned for holding.

The UK fighters still had a say in how the match might turn, however, as Joe Muscat from Pisces lost at welterweight in his three-round bout against Woking’s Michael Tarry, mainly because he tired in the third, while Joe Rogerson lost on points at featherweight to Matt Ramsbottom in a scrappy contest during which the Island boxer was warned more than once for holding.

Leonis junior welterweight Callum O’Connor lost against Jesse West, from Woking, having absorbed a beautiful left hook to the solar plexus while in an all-England match Farmen Shah from Woking won on points against Nicky Papps from Forest Oaks at light welterweight.

‘It was a good night for boxing,’ said Thompson afterwards, ‘although I’ll have to take a long, hard look at the venue, to see if we stage another competition up at the RJAS Exhibition Hall in Trinity.’ Trophies were sponsored by the Hotel L’Horizon and presented by Steve Ogden, the hotel’s assistant manager, while Leonis were sponsored by Minerva Finances.

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