National Development Semi-Finals 22/10/16

On Saturday 22nd October Ashford Boxing Club travelled too the county of Suffolk who hosted the National development semi-finals at the Ipswich football ground.

1st to box, Ashford’s Jack Ewbank 69kg v Harwich ABC’s Paul Gordon 69kg.

Both boxers came out to the centre of the ring, with the Harwich boxer looking to use his height advantage and work off a solid jab, followed by a straight right then left hook combinations. Ewbank remained his calm usual self, looking to slip and roll the Harwich attacks and countering nicely with his own shots making a pretty first round even split.

2nd round, Ewbank work nicely to capitalise on his movement, catching the Harwich boxer with solid shots to the body followed by left hooks repeatedly to the head. Then with 10 seconds to go Ewbank got caught with a solid left hook from the Harwich boxer followed by a straight right left hook combination. This resulted in Jack taking his first ever standing 8 count and was surprised more than anything.

In the 3rd and final round, Jack was informed by his corner,that just because he’d taken a count, that it was not over. But had to go out and work hard for the last 2 minutes. Jack gave it 100% and more. Not giving the Harwich any respite what so ever with his flow of punches.

At the sound of the bell, both boxers new they had been in a very tough and competitive bout.

The win was awarded to the Harwich boxer by way of a split decision. To the disappointment of Ewbank, who had worked so hard and would now miss out on the National finals. Which he had reached last year.

Second to box, Ashford’s Jez Achong 75kg v Billericy & Wickford ABC’s Bradley Cockett 75kg.

Cockett started strong and impressed with telling blows. Catching Achong, until he found his rhythm and range.

2nd round, saw both boxers looking to gain the advantage exchanging punches and not giving any ground.

3rd round, both boxers had to dig deep and picked up where they had left off, working non stop to the final bell.

The win was awarded to the Ashford boxer by way of split decision and securing his place in the National finals.

Third to Box, Ashford’s Luke Cross 91+ v West Ham ABC’s Aaron Palmer. Palmer weighed in at 110kg and stood 6’8”

1st round, Palmer came out behind his long southpaw stance, looking controlled and poised. Cross moved his head well and got off some good counters.

2nd round , Palmer worked at keeping Cross at bay with his good solid jab, then moving around his man with good footwork.

3rd round, Cross fought gamely against his opponent and had some success. But Palmer just stayed with his game plan working with poise and a good jab.

The win was awarded to Palmer by way of unanimous decision. But Luke had earned his man’s respect by his tenacious effort.

Ashford coaches Dennis Jarvis, Andy Wilford and Jamie carter, are proud of their boxers performances. And the level that they are competing at.

National Quarter Finals. 15/10/16

On Saturday ashford Boxing Club travelled to Turners Boxing Academy in Camberley, who hosted the National quarter finals of the development championships.

First to box and Southern Counties champion, Ashford’s Jack Ewbank (69kg) v Empire ABC Will Butterworth (69kg) Western Counties Champion.

From the off Ewbank looked to see what the Western Counties Champion had to offer, Butterworth came out behind his jab looking for an opening, but Ewbank slipped and weaved nicely avoiding the punches. Catching Butterworth with single shots.

2nd round, Butterworth looked to force the pace catching Ewbank with a couple of nice shots of his own, but Ewbank responded nicely with counter shots.

3rd round, Ewbank with instruction from his corner, dominated from start to finish of the round. Working to both head and body.

This secured Ewbank a unanimous points win and a place in the semi-finals.

Second to box Southern Counties champion, Jez Achong (75kg) v Max Bailey (75kg) The Factory ABC Western Counties Champion.

1st round, saw both boxers come out strong, exchanging hard shots through out the round.

2nd round, Achong looked to use his jab more looking to create openings against the Western Counties Champion.

3rd and final round, both boxers fought just as hard as they had started, with Achong getting in some telling blows. but having to fight all the way.

Third to box and in his debut in the National Development Championships, Ashford’s Luke Cross (91+ Kg) v Robert Mcintosh of Cheltenham ABC (91+ Kg)

Cross had a big task on his hands as the cheltenham boxer weighed in at 126kg and stood at least 6’4 and good reputation.

1st round, Mcintosh came out behind his strong jab, looking to throw his fearsome right hand. Cross, kept his cool by bobbing and weaving then shipping hooks to the body followed by hooks to the head. Then used good for and head movement to keep just out of range.

2nd round, started pretty much the same, with mcintosh pressing forward looking for the opening, but Cross wisely kept to the good foot and head movement, countering with looping rights.

3rd and final round, the Ashford boxer was instructed by his corner to keep at it. Luke battled to the final bell with the encouragement of his corner and the spectators.

This earned Luke a deserving win, by way of a split decision. This made a very happy day for the Ashford Boxing Club team, with Luke securing his place in the semi-finals.

Team Ashford Boxing Club

Team Ashford Boxing Club

Southern Counties Finals 01/10/2016

Saturday 1st October, Ashford Boxing Club travelled to the Golden Ring ABC in Southhampton. Who hosted the Southern Counties National Developmental finals.

1st to box, Eric Swan 57kg narrowly missed out on a Southern Counties title, losing a very close split decision to Tom Ryan of Tunbridge Wells ABC. This was Eric’s first attempt and going into the championships with only two bouts experience, against Ryan’s 9-6-3 record.

2nd to box, Jack Ewbank 69kg v GoldenRing ABC boxer Adam Birch 69kg. These to boxers fought last year in the semi final of the championships, where Jack won a unanimous decision. This year Adam was looking to avenge his rival, but Jack was keen to retain his status as Southern Counties Champion.

1st round, Adam was looking to use his height and reach to his advantage and trying to lure Jack in. But Jack bobbed, weaved and slipped Adam’s rangy jabs. Then used good footwork to get in and out of range to counter, switching attack to head and body.

2nd round, saw both boxers having there moments. Trying tactilely to counter and nullifying each others work.

3rd and final round, Jack took the initiative from his corner, to keep the pressure on and keep the punches flowing. Jack worked hard, having success to the head, followed by left and right hooks to the body. Whilst slipping and weaving Adam’s advances.

Both boxers put on a good display for this Southern Counties final. With Jack winning the title by way of a split decision, for the second year in a row.

3rd to box, Ashford’s Charlie Smith 60kg v Hastings ABC’s Brandon Davis This was a 3×3 minute category B Southern Counties final. All 3 rounds were fought hard by both boxers through out.
Resulting in a split decision in favour of Hastings Brandon Davis. With a big show of appreciation by the crowd for both boxers.

Ashford boxer Jez Achong, goes through to the National quarter final with stable mate Jack Ewbank. After his opponent Josh Douglas of Moulscombe ABC pulled out due to injury.

Ashford coaches Dennis Jarvis, Andy Wilford and Jamie Carter, are proud of all their boxers performances on the day and to date.

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24/09/16 Inter County Rounds Development Championships

On Saturday Ashford boxing Club travelled to Gosport ABC, who hosted the inter county rounds, of the Southern counties national developments championships. With Ashford boxers Jack Ewbank and Charlie Smith.

1st to box Jack Ewbank 69kg v Will Whitehorn 69kg of Guilford ABC. Round 1 Whitehorn tried to out reach Ewbank with his slapping shots, but the Ashford boxer slipped effectively and got straight to work behind his jab, then hooking lefts to the body. Then shipping attacks back to the head with both hands. Comfortably winning the first round.

The 2nd round saw the Ashford boxer cheekily lead off with his right hand, followed by digging left hooks to the body. Ewbank also put together good 2 and three punch combinations with clever footwork, to catch Whitehorn and the referee administrating an 8 count. The Crawley boxer gamely tried to fight back, but the Ashford boxer was to sharp for his opponent. Shipping punches to both head and body.

In the 3rd and final round, Ewbank was comfortably working with his combinations and delivering hurtful body shots against Whitehorn who was now feeling the pace. At the end of the final round. Jack had firmly placed himself in the Southern counties final with a unanimous points win.

Second to box Ashford’s Charlie Smith 60kg v Emmanuel Ally 60kg of Crawley ABC. Charlie started the contest well behind his jab. Rather than his usual aggressive all out style. He followed his jabs with solid punches to head and body. A part from the occasional successful jab, the Crawley boxer just seemed to be out of timing with his punches. This worked in Charlie’s favour, allowing him to move in and out. Picking his shots nicely.

Round 2, the Crawley boxer stepped up his pace, trying to mix it with the Ashford boxer. Smith though stuck to the game plan, using aggressive punches off his good head movement making it harder for Ally to connect.

In the 3rd and final round, both boxers came out strong and having their fair share of success in the first minute. The Ashford boxer kept his composure and started throwing hard overhand rights off his jab. followed by hard body blows. This continued throughout the rest of the round. Charlie’s display of good controlled yet strong boxing, earned him a place in the Southern counties final by way of a unanimous points victory.

This was Charlie Smith’s first ever 3×3 minute rounds in the category (B) development championships. Who now joins Jack Ewbank, Jez Achong and junior boxer Eric Swan in the Southern counties finals. Being held at Golden Ring Gym, Evenlode Road, Millbrook, Southampton. SO16 9FX. W/in 10am to 12noon. Boxing 12.30.

Inter County Champions Jack Ewbank & Charlie Smith

Inter County Champions
Jack Ewbank & Charlie Smith

16th/17th Kent Championships 2016

On Friday 16th September, Ashford boxers Jack Ewbank(69kg) and Jez Achong(75kg) had to box in the divisional box off’s, of the National Development Championships. First to box was Jez Achong and making his debut in the championships. Against Canterbury ABC’s Max Olive. Achong came out strong and fast in his debut from the off. Catching his opponent with some telling blows, leading the referee to administer an 8 count. M. Olive fought gamely back, only to receive a second standing count. The on slaught continued, but Oliver fought on bravely to the end of the round. In the 2nd round Jez was instructed by his corner to settle down and work off his jab more. He did this to good effect, resulting in securing his place in the Kent finals with a second round TKO.

Second to box Ashford’s Jack Ewbank(69kg)this is Jack’s second venture in the championships and was drawn against Canterbury ABC’s Rohullah Abasi. This was a very close bout from start to finish, with Jack taking the lead in the first round. But the Canterbury boxer worked well in the second round landing some nice left hooks. Jack was instructed from coach Andy Wilford to push hard in the last round. Jack worked both head and body to good effect, whilst the Canterbury boxer did not let the Ashford boxer have it all his own way. Resulting the Ashford boxer taking the bout by way of split decision.

Semi-final Winners

Semi-final Winners Jez & Jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday 17th of September, Ashford boxers Jack Ewbank and Jez Achong boxed a second day in a row in the Kent Novice Development Championship Kent finals, at Rumbles Boxing Academe Sittingbourne Kent.

First to box, Ashford Jack Ewbank(69kg) and last years Champion against Tunbridge ABC’s Matthew Tasker. Jack gave away height and reach, but box effectively throughout all three rounds. Showing a good display of boxing both offensively and defensively, resulting in a unanimous points victory.

In his first ever Kent final, Ashford’s Jez Achong(75kg) was up against Creekside’s tough and durable boxer Alex Cole. The Ashford boxer started hard and strong, but was met by the very tough competitor. Who made Jez work for every round and caught the Ashford man with some solid left hooks in the exchanges. Jez was encouraged to use his jab more from the end of the first round, by coach Dennis Jarvis and to dig deep. Both boxers fought hard to the final bell. With the Ashford boxer winning his first title by way of unanimous decision, and in a very tough final. With both boxers receiving a show of applause from an appreciative crowd, for there efforts.

Kent Champions  Jack Ewbank & Jez Achong.

Kent Champions
Jack Ewbank & Jez Achong.

County Tournament 19/03/2016

On Saturday 19/03/2016 Ashford boxing club attended a tournament hosted by Essex ABA at the Circus Tavern. Involving clubs from Kent, London, Mid Anglia, Suffolk, Wales and Ireland.

Two  boxers representing as part of the Kent squad where Ashford’s Charlie Smith 60kg and Luke Cross 91kg.

First to box from the Ashford club was Charlie Smith, against Essex boxer B. Davey. Charlie gave away height and reach to his southpaw opponent, who looked to box Charlie on the back foot and counter from the off. Charlie work from a tight defence and catching his man with the odd solid shot. But the Essex boxer kept up a higher work rate  and maintained this for the duration of the bout, resulting in him gaining a points win over the Ashford boxer.

Up next was Luke Cross against his Irish opponent A. Lyons. Both boxer showed caution to each other from the off, whilst looking for the big shot. Luke managed to tag the Irish visitor first, whom then responded with his own efforts. Second round saw Luke pushing forward more, following with body shots off his jab this continued into the third round, with Lyons have some success of his own.

At the final bell a points win was awarded to the Ashford boxer Luke Cross.

This was Charlie and Luke’s first time in representing there County.

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