Bognor Boxing Club opened their doors at VK Gym to clubs from London to the Isle of Wight - and bagged five home winners on a great day which saw plenty of local support.
Eighteen-year-old James Baker (Bognor) was up against M Adams (Margate).
Round one was very tight with Baker trying to get into gear with his tight defence and quickfire jabs. Adams was looking dangerous and throwing some hard shots which saw the round even.
In round two, both lads stepped up, landing good shots - Baker with his jabs and Adams his hooks. Baker’s jabs were hitting a little harder and he took round two.
Round three saw Adams trying hard to smash though Baker’s guard but it was holding up. Baker’s jab was spot on target although by the end of the round Baker’s nose was bleeding - but he had done enough to win. Both lads were a credit to their clubs
Bognor’s Mark Johnson boxed Crawley’s Danny Pearce in a rematch and was a worthy winner. Johnson’s superior boxing skills and in-and-out style eased him to a unanimous decision. The win took Johnson through to the semi-finals of the regional minor championships.
Johnson got through to the final and won and is now regional champion in his age group, under-11.
Bognor’s John Brasil was involved in a more technical affair with Windrush Valley’s Lewis Townsend. Both took turns in counter-punching but Townsend’s shots caught the judges’ eye, earning him a very close decision
Bognor’s Henry Charles did not disappoint: boxing out of a tight guard, he attacked from the first bell. His opponent A Connors from Windrush Valley had come to fight but Charles stuck to his boxing, finishing a clear winner.
Bognor’s Reece Goddard’s bout against C Dipaolo from West Hill was a messy affair with both boxers trying too hard to get the big shots in. Dipaolo won a close decision.
Bognor’s Charlie Mason started cautiously boxing at long-range against a rangy F Perkins. Mason upped the pace in the second and third rounds catching Perkins with crisp jabs and his southpaw stance began to confuse Perkins. The win took Mason through to the regional semi-finals, where he lost - but he can still be proud to have got so far.
Bognor’s popular Callam Ide faced Earles from Hanwell and the home fighter used his superior skills and ringcraft to outwit the Hanwell boxer.
Ide’s long range and mix of combinations proved too much and gave him a unanimous win.