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.