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.