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.