GALLERY: Sell out crowd royally entertained at Sparta ABC show at Neale-Wade Academy

Reece Oldfield jumps for joy after being announced as the winner. Picture: STEVE WILLIAMS.

Reece Oldfield jumps for joy after being announced as the winner. Picture: STEVE WILLIAMS. - Credit: Archant

A sell out crowd were treated to a thrilling night’s boxing on Friday as Sparta ABC put on their home show at Neale-Wade Academy.

Boxers from Sparta ABC, Ernie’s Gym, Wisbech and Whittlesey stepped in to the ring against opponents from all over the country.

Sparta ABC boxer Reece Oldfield, 14, in his milestone 20th bout, put on probably his best performance to date to beat Billy Sankey, of East Durham, by unanimous points decision in an action packed contest.

Eryk Ciureja, 13, made it 11 wins from 14 bouts with an equally impressive performance against Bradley Thompson of Donnington.

Both boxers were up against more experienced opponents, making the wins all the more notable.


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Gracjan Ciureja, 12, showed no fear up against an opponent who had competed in four times as many bouts as him.

The contest could have gone either way but his opponent Braydon Davis was awarded a split decision win.

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There was disappointment for Kacper Ciureja, who was looking to extend his unbeaten record against Patrick Connors of Repton, one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

But, despite travelling all the way up from London, the Repton camp, fearful of Ciureja’s reputation, decided not to let Connors compete.

Sparta ABC secretary Gary Oldfield said: “Kacper was understandably dejected but Repton said they thought he would be too good for their boxer, even though their boxer had won six out of his seven bouts.

“Overall, it was a brilliant show at a great venue - there must have been 400 people there - and the Sparta lads did superbly.

“A big thanks to Jason Wing and Neale-Wade Academy for letting us use the venue for free. Hopefully we can put on more home shows here in the future.

“Also thanks to our sponsors Jaz Jatana of Ellingham Avenue Convenience Store, King William Bed and Breakfast, The Golden Lion Pub at Stonea, New Diamond Chinese of March, John Morton Plumbing and Heating, Terry Hussey and Sons Building Supplies, March Quality Meats, Terry and Pam Olfield and Terry Skoulding.”

Sparta ABC coach Matt Lenton said: “It was a brilliant evening. Thanks to Neale-Wade Academy and sponsors for their continued support.”

Sparta ABC prospect Igor Mihailov, 15, was in action the previous week against Sean McNamee of Corby Olympics. He extended his unbeaten record to four wins with a brilliant second round knock out.

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