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.
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.