GALLERIES: ‘Warrior’ Hedges stars as March Amateur Boxing Club host sell-out show
RISING star Charlie Stevens toasted an incredible year at March Amateur Boxing Club’s show - but it was fellow talent Danny Hedges who had the crowd on their feet at the Braza.
Hedges produced the standout performance of Friday’s 11-bout dinner show, dispatching Doncaster Plant’s Reece Mould. The 16-year-old left Mould reeling with a flurry of fierce right hands - forcing the referee to stop the bout in the third round.
Coach Dave Cole said: “Danny’s performance was definitely the most impressive of the night. His stamina and strength have always been good.
“We went to the Clubs for Young People (CYP) national finals last week and the boys in the first three weight categories had all been beaten by Danny.
“He’s a little warrior who loves the hard fights - when he has to stand toe to toe with people.”
Hedges’ emphatic display came after Stevens - who sat ringside after his opponent withdrew - was presented with March’s most successful boxer of the year award by special guests Steve Barclay MP and former professional boxer Dave ‘Boy’ Green.
Vicky Larham, the club’s first female boxer, was named as the most improved senior while Perce Baxter picked up most improved junior. Baxter sealed a fine evening by recording a unanimous victory over Finchley ABC’s Jason Helsby.
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Also successful for March were 13-year-old Harry Rody, who recorded a unanimous win over Berry Boys’ Mitch Williamson, and Ben Channing, who beat Doncaster Plant’s Jimmy Flint on a majority decision.
Regan Lazenby, 12, the club’s youngest boxer, was unlucky to fall to a majority decision defeat to Cambridge ABC’s Casey Dunning.
Jack Gleave was overpowered by Doncaster Plant’s Tom Bell before Callum Channing suffered a majority decision defeat to Finchley ABC’s Alex Zendra.
Coach Bernie Wing said: “It was a great show. We’ve got another one coming up in April and it’s already booking up.”
Mr Barclay said: “It was an excellent evening. There was some superb boxing and some great sportsmanship. March is a great example of a club run by people who contribute a lot to the community and make sure these events go ahead.”