Sparta ABC stars - old and new - shine at packed out home show

Igor Mihailov (red) vs. Jay Healy.

Igor Mihailov (red) vs. Jay Healy. - Credit: Archant

The future of boxing in Fenland is looking bright – and Sparta Amateur Boxing Club is playing a big part in the region’s rise in the sport.

Diana Ciureja (blue) vs. Chloe Grigas.

Diana Ciureja (blue) vs. Chloe Grigas. - Credit: Archant

The local club welcomed over 300 boxing fans to Neale-Wade Academy for its annual home show last weekend.

Sparta starlets, including a handful who were taking part in their first bouts, ensured the night was a success, with dozens of local fighters showcasing their skills.

Aiden Fitzpatrick (blue) vs. Ben Huton.

Aiden Fitzpatrick (blue) vs. Ben Huton. - Credit: Archant

First up was 12-year-old Diana Ciureja, who took on Chloe Grigas.

Ciureja, who was fighting in her second career bout, showcased some neat footwork and looks set to have a successful future in the sport.

10-year-old debutant Andrew Garner was next into the ring for Sparta, and the youngster turned show some impressive attacking prowess against opponent, Harvey Smith.

Aiden Fitzpatrick then pulled on the gloves for the second bout of what promises to be an exciting career, performing well against rival Ben Huton.

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Thomas Negus, 13, was next up, and put in a promising display against Taylor Cowdret – despite suffering from a bloody nose.

Experienced 17-year-old Igor Mihailov went head-to-head with Jay Healy for the Eastern Counties under 64kg crown, but unfortunately came up short after three closely-fought rounds. His record now stands at 11 wins and seven defeats.

Ryan Ebers then took to the ring for his first bout which proved to be three rounds of enthralling action, and the Sparta fighter, 11, triumphed via a points decision.

It was then the turn of seasoned puncher Eryk Ciureja, who was sent to only a ninth defeat of his 30-fight career, before his brother, Kaspar, showed maturity and poise to seal a 12th career victory via a points decision.

Josh Smith, known as Big John, turned in one of the best performances of the evening after that, landing some devastating hooks on his way to a points victory.

The evening was brought to a close by 17-year-old Reese Oldfield, who triumphed over three rounds to secure a 20th win of an impressive amateur career.

Coaches Matt Lenton and Roy Greenacre, who organised the show, said: “We’re very pleased with both sets of boxers – old and new – for their performances tonight.

“We’d like to say a special thank you to all our sponsors and the Neale-Wade Academy for hosting the show.”

• Sparta ABC would like to thank sponsors Steve Impey, Andy Lows, Julie Smith, Pam and Terry Oldfield, Sovereign Quarter Horses, Tank and Tummy, Jaz Jatana, Sewlow Embroidery, Shaun Amps, March Pet Shop, Cassano’s, The Oliver Cromwell Hotel, Jason Ebers and the Golden Lion at Stonea.

The club would also like to extend special thanks to Purple Diamond, Jason Negus, Chris Markham, MJS, King William B&B and the Neale-Wade Academy for their continued support.