Fighting five impress at Creswell

Five local boxers showcased their pugilistic skills to good effect at Creswell Social Centre last Friday night.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 12th June 2013, 10:14 am
Richard Herrick has his hand raised
Richard Herrick has his hand raised

Four of the fighters were in the colours of Chesterfield ABC, while Richard Herrick was entering the ring for the second time as a Manton ABC boxer.

First up was youngster Marcus Ellis, making his skills bout debut after four years of training.

Although opponent George Cooper from Barnsley was a year older with three previous bouts to his name, and almost 2kg weight advantage, he was no match for the local lad.

Marcus Ellis boxing, in red

In round one Ellis used his jab and back hands to take control, and then hit Cooper with big counters when the Barnsley fighter tried to rally.

Round two saw much of the same, with Ellis sending his man to the canvas, and he finished the final round in style with a huge backhand.

Fellow Worksop boxer Barney Stretton also impressed the judges, taking a unanimous decision win over Leon Mould.

The 33kg fighter took a decent lead from the first round, and varied his attacks to the body and head in round two.

Barney Stretton lands a punch

Mould was forced to use his boxing skills to survive round three, but couldn’t do enough to turn the bout in his favour.

Making a return to the ring after an 18-month layoff was Creswell’s own Ryan Turner.

The 18-year-old took on Jaraed Brereton, a veteran in the ring, and dominated from the opening bell.

Turner’s attacks on his opponents body left the Terry Allen ABC boxer struggling in round two, and some showboating in the third round earned Turner the ‘Fight of the Night’ honours.

Clowne boxer Jared Wild fought a 95kg bout against Peter-Jack Stubbs, in his first fight since defeat in the national ABA finals.

Stubbs’ height made life difficult for Wild, but the Chesterfield ABC prospect took shots to get inside and did enough for a majority decision victory.

Manton ABC’s Herrick picked up his second win on the bounce, having lost his first six outings.

Coach Dean Eshelby was delighted with Herrick’s performance, and tactics.

He said: “Chris Boyle and Adam Smuth have been working on his defence and it was excellent, we’re really pleased with him.”

The bout was the club’s last under the name Manton ABC, after securing a move to a new premises in Worksop.

X Box Boxing Academy opens this Friday at 6pm, on Claylands Avenue.