GALLERY: Fenland’s young boxers shine at March ABC’s Braza Club show

March ABC boxing show.Red Corner Patsy Smith (March).Harley Whitwell( St Ives)Picture: Steve Williams. March ABC boxing show.Red Corner Patsy Smith (March).Harley Whitwell( St Ives)Picture: Steve Williams.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
9:31 AM

Seven Fenland boxers stepped into the ring during a fabulous night’s boxing at a packed Braza Club on Friday.

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March ABC boxing show. Red Corner Percy Baxter. Blue Corner Ryan Ayton. Picture: Steve Williams.March ABC boxing show. Red Corner Percy Baxter. Blue Corner Ryan Ayton. Picture: Steve Williams.

Six March ABC prospects and Jack Smith, of Ernie’s Gym, Chatteris, were pitted against challengers from all over the country.

Before the action begun, Morgan Wynn was named March ABC’s Best Boxer 2013, while Patsy Smith was chosen as Most Improved Boxer.

First on the card was Kyle Bowling, who took on Billy Chard, of Walsall Wood, in a skills bout.

The youngster looked at home in the ring, showing plenty of promise.

March ABC boxing show. March Boxers. Picture: Steve Williams.March ABC boxing show. March Boxers. Picture: Steve Williams.

Next in action was Wynn, who took on James Williamson, of Bracknell.

Wynn started tentatively but grew in stature as the bout progressed and secured a third round stoppage following a blistering sequence of punches.

But there was disappointment for Reagan Lazenby in his 63kg schoolboy bout with Smallheath’s Lewis Reagan.

Reagan controlled the bout and won by unanimous decision.

Patsy Smith knocked down Harley Whitwell, of St Ives, in a dramatic opening to their bout.

But Whitwell showed great composure to regroup and had the better of the last two rounds to be awarded a majority points decision win.

In a thrilling contest, full of fast-paced action, the bloodied Percy Baxter came out on top by majority decision against Ryan Ayton, of Centurions.

Jack Smith battled hard against Jake Mulpeter, of Smallheath, but was beaten by unanimous points decision.

The show was closed in style by Shane Jones, who beat Walsall Wood’s Tom Staples by unanimous points decision.

Neither competitor took a backward step in this thrilling bout which had the crowd on its feet.

Guest of honour was former British and European champion Dave Boy Green MBE, who presented trophies with MP Steve Barclay.

He said: “It was a brilliant night’s boxing. Everyone gave their all and showed a lot of heart.”

Dave Cole, March ABC trainer, said: “It has been a very enjoyable night. There were some real crowd pleasing battles.

“Patsy Smith won the first round but the other girl then started to get the measure of her.

“It was a learning experience but Patsy trains hard and is made of strong stuff so she will be back.

“Percy Baxter’s bout was very even. There was not much between them but he dug deep and wanted it just had little bit more.

“Shane Jones is still a novice. He showed a great deal of heart and determination.

“This opponent beat him the last time they squared off so he was desperate for revenge and he got it.”

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