Action packed debut for Haddenham and Ely Club

HADDENHAM and Ely Amateur Boxing Club held its debut show in a new venue on Saturday night, drawing hundreds of spectators.

The Ely College hall was packed to the rafters for the club’s first show in the city for almost two decades, with a dozen top amateur bouts on offer.

There was a mixture of junior and senior bouts on the night, with fighters ranging from just six stone, right the way up to 128kg leviathans.

Below is a run down of all the Haddenham and Ely fighters who competed on the night.

Callum Gibson

FLEDGLING fighter Callum Gibson continued his development with a solid defensive display against Fairbairn ABC’s Aaron Lawrence.

The 11-year-old defended superbly in the opening round against Lawrence, whose work rate was relentless.

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Gibson grew in confidence into the second round and was able to come forward at his opponent, though Lawrence continued to land some accurate shots from close range.

The third and final round was Gibson’s best, as he was able to exert some pressure on his sprightly opponent with some straight shots at close quarters.

The flurry came too late to persuade the judges however, who awarded Lawrence the unanimous decision.

Harley Cater

AN early standing eight count for Harley Cater had his opponent Tyler Bloomfield on the front foot.

Fourteen-year-old Cater was not going down without a fight however, as he came back fighting, landing some superb hooks as Bloomfield, of Norwich Diamonds ABC, began to back peddle.

Buoyed by his success, Cater continued to pile forward into the second round but was caught with a few too many hefty blows on his way in, forcing a second standing count and then a stoppage.

Ryan Woolard

DEBUTANT Ryan Woolard was caught cold by the early pace of Fairbairn ABC’s Laki Khan but the 14-year-old adjusted quickly to halt his opponent’s momentum.

Some superb long shots saw Woolard take control of the round and he eventually forced a standing eight count as Khan was dazed.

Some big shots from Khan early in the second round redressed the balance and Woolard had a standing eight count of his own as the blows rained in.

The Haddenham and Ely puncher continued to be the more accurate throughout the contest however, and was unfortunate to lose out on a majority decision.

Jack Halls

HADDENHAM and Ely’s rising star Jack Halls, started his bout in typical stylish fashion, throwing some cracking combinations against James Burman of Chelvedon ABC.

Halls, 16, carried his relentless work rate through the first and second rounds and Burman had to be at his best to absorb some crunching body shots.

Late in the second round, Halls’ forced a standing eight count as Burman started to succumb.

To his credit however, Burman came back strong for the third round and took advantage of a tiring Halls to land a few telling jabs of his own.

It wasn’t enough to save him however, as Halls was awarded the unanimous decision.

Alex Lee

A PROMISING start to the bout from fledgling Haddenham fighter Alex Lee boded well in his bout against Shane Mills from Chadwell St Mary ABC.

A polished second round performance from Mills turned the bout on its head however, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight midway through the second round as Mills’ barrage intensified.

Liam Goodjohn

GOODJOHN’S bout with Chalvedon ABC puncher Mark Rice was a largely even one in the first round as both fighters sought to find their range.

The Haddenham fighter was quick to deploy his rangey left jab in the second round however, leaving the shorter Rice struggling to get into range.

Goodjohn became increasingly accurate in the third round and punished Rice with some excellent combinations, catching him as he tried to force his way onto the inside.

The judges awarded Goodjohn the unanimous decision.

Matt Tumber

MATT Tumber’s fight against David Abraham was a bout of epic proportions, with both young fighters weighing in comfortably in excess of 13 stone.

His huge reach kept Tumber in the ascendancy in the early rounds, but Abraham worked hard with his own jab to keep the Haddenham puncher on his toes.

Tumber stepped up his performance in the second round and looked a polished fighter despite his relative inexperience, launching well-timed raids on his opponent, of Finchley ABC.

The third round proved perhaps the round of the evening as both fighters stood toe to toe and traded some huge blows, with Abraham heavily bruised and blooded after absorbing some stinging straight jabs. Tumber was awarded the unanimous decision.