On Sunday 18th October, Ashford Boxing Club travelled to Tooting & Mitcham FC in Surrey. Where the national quarter final of the developmental championships was held. This was southern counties v London/western counties. Southern counties champion and Ashford boxer Jack Ewbank, was up against Western counties champion Jordan Giles, of Frome ABC. Both boxers weighed in respectively in the 64-69kg division.
From the 1st round Jack held the centre of the ring, even though Jordan had height and reach advantage over Jack. Jack slipped Jordan’s long Jab with ease and countered with his own jab nicely. Followed by a straight right, then a left to the body. Once Jack had finished his own attacks, he slipped out of Jordans range to good effect. On the inside Jack worked well to both head and body, making Jordan looking to try and tie Jack up. But Jack wasn’t having none of it, working his way free. Only at the end of the round Jack was caught with Jordan’s left hook, that he’d missed so often, but this had no effect on Jack.
The 2nd round, Jack was instructed to put more pressure on the Frome boxer and to keep countering the jab. Jack followed the instructions well, then dropping shots to the body, forcing Jordan to try and tie Jack up again. Jordan tried to catch Jack with uppercuts on the way out, but jack was to evasive for the Frome boxer. The round finished with Jack putting in quality punches and starting a bleed from the Frome boxers nose.
In the 3rd and Final round, Jack was told by his corner to stay focused and to keep up with the good work. Jack dominated the centre of the ring, slipping and countering, then putting Jordan on to his back foot. Again he tried to tie Jack up, but by this time Jack had his opponent completely worked out and was picking his punches well, forcing all the exchanges to his own advantage and finishing the bout as strong as he had started.
At the end of the contest Jack was announced national development quarter finalist winner. This was a massive win for Jack as Jordan Giles had brought an impressive 11-0 record to the championships.
Well done Jack!