Treble delight for local boxers

IPSWICH Amateur Boxing Club notched up three wins out of three as the club held its annual charity show, at the Cameo Hotel, Copdock, on Friday evening.

Saul Wood, Liam Hillyard and Magante Euller all won their bouts but a fourth Ipswich lad, Luke Booth, saw his contest cancelled at late notice.

Wood was an unanimous points winner over Norwich Diamonds’ Travis Howe as was Euller, who inflicted a similar result on Damenric Comelari of Aylsham.

However, the star turn of the night was Hillyard who made short work of John Heap, stopping his opponent from Devon in the second round.

There were 13 contests in total with several boxers from Wisbech and Devon making for a good evening’s boxing in front of a sell-out audience.

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Competition secretary and club mainstay Frannie Peake was delighted with another successful show of amateur contests.

“It was a really good night and people kept saying to me after the show that it was the best yet, but they keep saying that every year, so it can’t be the best every year,” he said.

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“From a club point of view I was delighted as we achieved three wins out of three after a bit of a rough time, results-wide, recently.

“Saul Woods boxed brilliantly and used his straight left-hand and right to perfection.

“Magante had lost his last two so this was the time to get a result and he boxed well.

“As for Liam, he took a knock in the first round but hit back in the second and put his opponent down, who received a count.

“He got back up and while Liam did not put him down again, he hurt him.”

This was the 22nd annual show held by the Ipswich club and Peake praised the work of everyone involved in the evening to make the show a success.

“The tickets went on the first night they went on sale and everyone enjoyed the evening,” he said.

“I wanted the boxing to start at 8.30pm sharp and the young girls and boys who were on the waiting staff at the hotel worked tremendously hard to get things out on time.

“They did really well and I was chuffed for them.”

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