JOE Bendall suffered a narrow defeat in his first fight in three years. The 21-year-old Haddenham boxer lost out to Wisbech ABC s K Williams in a highly entertaining under-75kg match at the Peterborough Open Show on Saturday night. After a bruising three-
JOE Bendall suffered a narrow defeat in his first fight in three years.
The 21-year-old Haddenham boxer lost out to Wisbech ABC's K Williams in a highly entertaining under-75kg match at the Peterborough Open Show on Saturday night.
After a bruising three-round encounter, the Wisbech puncher won by a majority decision.
Coach Mick Sawyer said: "It was a cracking match and it could have gone either way. Both boys were hitting very hard and you could expect to pay good money to watch a fight like that.
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"Joe's taken three years out of boxing because of pressures of work and other things in his life, but now he's back, he's focused and he's training hard.
"Joe's a warrior and a hitman and I'm pleased that he's got this first fight out of the way. He fought well and he now knows what it's all about."
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Charlie Sawyer's return from a three-month shoulder injury was short-lived.
The Haddenham youngster looked dangerous, landing some clean left-hooks and firm straight rights, but the referee stopped the contest in the first round after the referee gave him two standing eight-counts when his opponent, Wisbech's J Crosby, twice had him pinned against the ropes.
Mick Sawyer said: "Charlie was unmarked and good to go on but referees are very protective of youngsters in amateur boxing, and I suppose that's a good thing really.