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23rd Nov Home Show Review

(November 23, 2012)

Scunthorpe Boxing Club Home Show - Nov 23rd - Redbourn Sports Club

Its fair to say that 2012 has been a boom year for Scunny ABC. The numbers
swelling in training has seen the potential medical boxers rise to around twenty.
Add to that the fact that these boxers are nicely spread throughout the weights
and its easy to see why all involved with the club are looking forward to 2013.
The home show was a last chance to see some of the old guard and new blood
in action this year and they certainly did the club proud. Moving the show from its
usual saturday night to a friday night caused a little concern but yet again the
fantastic local boxing fans and travelling support filled the venue proving that a
cheap bar and the best boxing scunthorpe has to offer is still a big draw whatever
night you hold it on !

With the first four bouts given over to visiting boxers from Centurions, Priory Park,
East hull, Coalville and Grimsby Abc it was left to Jessie Allcock to give the huge
crowd their first home bout. Jessie has trained harder than ever this season and
boxed well in a comfortable performance against Kelvin Quinn ( Barnsley Star ) All
at the club expect a big season from Jessie proving the hard gym work can make
the difference. Older brother John Allcock didnt fair so well in a close loss against
Justas Pundzius ( Boston ). The result was fair but John can take solace from the
fact that he can box at a much better level than this.

Finding the right opponents early on in a boxers career can be a minefield.
Several of Scunny ABCs boxers were performing for only the first or second time
at the Redbourn and the coaches do not believe in giving our boxers a free ride !
Nat Dempsey in her second bout took on Charmaine Fearon ( Priory Park ) and
found it heavy going in rounds one and two. However she closed the gap in the
final round and finished strongly putting a more positive spin on the loss and
boding well for the future. Josh Cottingham faced Majibur Ali ( Ingle b/a ) and was
outclassed by his opponent. Ali started quickly and whilst Josh stood his ground
well he never took the initiative or showed the skills he displays in sparring sessions.
A similar fate befell Jahan Wahid in his match up with Harry Elliott ( Vulcan ABC )
Jahan struggled to get his fast hands and feet moving and lost a close bout boxing
well below the levels we know he can box at. A little more experience and I am
confident Jay will be a very exciting prospect.

Mixed fortunes for two of our more experienced boxers with James McDonald
winning a decent contest against Jared Brereton ( Terry Alan ). Although faced with
a game opponent Macca was never in trouble and did enough to rack up another
victory. McDonald is on a roll at present and looks full of confidence going into 2013.
James Richardson was facing a difficult night against Liam Richardson ( Barnsley
Star ) Both boxers acquitted themselves well and played out a close contest which
most felt could have gone either way. However yet again the judging was brought
into question when the Barnsley Star boxer was awarded the bout by some margin.
A good tight battle marred by inconsistent judging for my money.

The other two bouts were the undoubted crowd pleasers. Jordan Wilkes triumphed
in a fantastic battle with Josh Miller ( Terry Allan ) with both boys backed by great
support. Jordan boxed well and had to with Miller more than willing to mix it up and
keep the travelling support entertained. Transported back in time this bout would have
had the fans throwing their noggins into the ring and I would be happy to see this pair
top the bill at any of our home shows. A quick word on Millers fans who were a credit
to their club - vocal and excited during the bout yet friendly and gracious in defeat
afterwards. My favourite perfomance of the night came from Keelan Lawcock. In only
his second bout he dominated his contest against Joe Finney ( Coalville ) displaying
a variety of combinations and good footwork. Its very easy to forget how raw he is and
he is definately one to watch in the near future.

It just remains for me to thank all the travelling boxers and their fans, the organisers
and staff at the Redbourn Sports Club and all the coaches at Scunthorpe Boxing Club
for yet again putting on a top class show and keeping amateur boxing at the forefront
of local live entertainment. Have a great Christmas and New Year and wherever you
live keep supporting your local boxing clubs.

Roll on 2013.........

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