Tommy Martin had a bittersweet triumph in the Mid-Anglia Junior Novice ABA Championships at St Ives Boxing Academy's season-opening show.
Home puncher Martin won his under-60kg semi-final on a majority decision against All Comers' Steve Smith in a bout that really could have gone either way at the St Ivo Centre. But his success turned sour soon after the contest when the doctor was called to the dressing room to provide him with oxygen after he began having trouble breathing.
As a result of his sudden health issue, Martin was handed a mandatory 28-day ban, meaning he will miss the final against Fulbourn fighter Kieran Brandwood leaving Smith with a second bite of the cherry both in the competition and against Brandwood, to whom he lost on his opponent's home show at the end of last season.
Bradley Chapman got back to winning ways with a unanimous-verdict victory over Orpington ABC's Oliver Rutherford. Crowd favourite Chapman collected the Mid-Anglia ABA merit award for achievements during last season prior to the tournament. After suffering his first defeat in unfortunate circumstances at the end of last term due to a cut eye, he made up for it with a commanding performance.
Shona Whitwell did her father Steve proud as she beat Eloise Bamford, of Nottingham's Bilborough ABC, on a unanimous decision on her competitive debut. She set the tone for the rest of the fight with a stunning left jab in the first 10 seconds and that was the shot that did the damage throughout, with Bamford barely able to register a scoring punch.
Meanwhile, Jamie Giglio had his first taste of the ring in a non-scoring skills bout against Fulbourn's Joe McDonald. McDonald's club-mate Cameron Gray beat Finchley's Alex Zendra on a unanimous decision, while Haddenham hitter Tom Wilson did the same against Michael Chappell of Romford's Alma ABC.
Others on show that suffered close defeats were bill-topping Hayden Beasley, Tommy Maguire, Martin Rooney and Matt Combs, in his first bout for four years.
DC Academy's Jana Diemberger received the Mid-Anglia ABA female boxer-of-the-year award.
Would you like to receive our newsletter? Add your email address to our subscribers list for future issues.
Date: 26th May 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM
Date: 26th May 2013
Time: 12:30 PM - 00:00 AM
Date: 29th May 2013
Time: 19:00 PM - 21:00 PM
A new FA Mars Just Play weekly football kick-about is starting at Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey, in June. FA Mars Just Play provides fun, informal football for adults.Read article
MORE LOCAL LEGACY FUNDING AVAILABLE TO FEED INSPIRED YOUNG PEOPLE The County Sports Partnership for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, LIVING SPORT, has over £100,000 available to provide funding support for organisations to help…Read article