BOGNOR ABC junior Mark Johnson – last year’s national minors finalist – opened the club’s 15-bout dinner show at Butlin’s against Waterside ABC’s 2013 44kg national champion George Joy.
In an entertaining bout, Johnson struggled with the onrushing Joy from the first bell but got his boxing going in the second. That wasn’t enough, though, as Joy was awarded a unanimous decision.
Bognor’s Charlie Mason won a unanimous decision over Poole ABC’s Jeremy Magdirilla and gained revenge over a previous split-decision loss.
In a spirited bout, Mason used his tidy boxing and decent footwork to greater effect against the Poole boxer on his way to a clear-cut unanimous decision.
Bognor senior Rowan Bentley was next on, taking on Stacey ABC’s Harry Gilbert.
In a see-saw bout both boxers took turns in scoring with heavy punches but Bentley’s fitness and better boxing saw him through, giving the Stacey boxer a standing eight count in the final round. Credit goes to both boxers, who gave their all.
In the final bout Bognor’s big punching Aaron Bradshaw, coming off the back of two knockout wins in his last two bouts, came up against Horsham ABC’s Oscar Canitrot.
In what was probably the best bout of the night, the relentless Canitrot pushed forward and Bradshaw met him head-on. With the crowd roaring their approval, both boys pushed hard for the win but it was Bradshaw who prevailed, using his ramrod jab to catch the Horsham boxer.
The judges awarded Bradshaw a split decision and set up a rematch for the future .
Darren Rowles, aged ten, had his third skills bout for Bognor against Keeran Evens from Poole ABC. He boxed nicely off the jab for all three rounds and found his range well considering his opponent was slightly taller and older.
Both boxers landed decent shots in a technically-fought exhibition. Skills bouts have no winner or loser.
Bognor ABC matchmaker Andy Josling thanked all the clubs who attented and everyone who helped make it a fantastic show.