GALLERY: March ABC prospects earn praise after shining at Braza home show

Action from the March ABC dinner show. Picture: Barry Giddings.

Action from the March ABC dinner show. Picture: Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

March ABC coach Dave Cole has described the seven young prospects who competed at the club’s home show on Friday as a “credit to themselves and the club”.

Those in attendance at the club’s dinner show at The Braza Club were treated to a spectacular night’s boxing, which Cole reckoned was as good as any recent show.

First in the ring for March was 10 year-old Mark Smith, who took on Callum Short, of Grantham, in a skills bout.

Then came Robert Tanner, 12, who boxed smoothly and picked his shots well to make it two wins from two with a unanimous points win over Bryn Sparks, of Ipswich.

Eleven year-old Acer Smith proved to be a bit too clever for Tyler Bollingbrooke, of Attleborough, winning by unanimous points decision.

Nathan Smith, 16, was involved in a tight, entertaining contest with Liam Kidd, of Norwich, but lost by split decision.

Regan Lazenby, 15, got over some of the disappointment of his ABA semi-final loss with a second round stoppage of experienced boxer Ben Malone, of Bridlington.

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Lazenby got the measure of his opponent in the second round and the referee stepped in to stop the bout.

Joe Steed, 17, was involved in the bout of the night against Darren Cook, of Coventry.

It was a cracking contest, full of action, which could have gone either way, but the judges ruled in favour of Cook by split decision.

Nineteen year-old former multiple-time ABA champion Charlie Stevens, who has been back with March ABC for the past few months, stopped a bloodied Adam Barker, of Smallholdings, in the second round.

Stevens grew in to the bout and, in the second round, dictated affairs. He caught Barker with a shot which left a nasty cut above the eye, leading the referee to intervene.

Sam Needham of Whittlesey ABC won his bout, but Chatteris ABC prospect Dean Baxter lost his contest.

Reflecting on the night, Cole said: “I was particularly impressed with Regan Lazenby and Joe Steed. Joe may have lost but it was a cracking contest and the judges named him March’s boxer of the night, which says it all about the quality of his bout.

“The show was really well supported and there was a good atmosphere.

“All the March boxers performed well - they were a credit to themselves and the club.”