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PUBLISHED: 08:11 15 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:27 03 July 2010

GREAT Yarmouth's Kingfisher ABC narrowly missed winning the prestigious Amateur Boxing Association club of the year award.

A panel of senior management and officials from the ABA opted for the much larger Rotunda ABC.

GREAT Yarmouth's Kingfisher ABC narrowly missed winning the prestigious Amateur Boxing Association club of the year award.

A panel of senior management and officials from the ABA opted for the much larger Rotunda ABC. The Liverpool club, which recently benefited from a £1m grant to extend their gym, had been considered for many years as one of the top amateur clubs in the country.

Speaking at the Kingfisher gym, competition secretary Glen Miller said that 2007 had been a great year for the club, and coming so close to winning this award showed how well the club and its boxers are regarded by the ABA.

In the last 12 months the club has had 12 Norfolk champions, 11 Eastern Counties champions, five national finalists and two England representatives in Nathan Dale and Mark Redhead, who in his last year of boxing for the club captained his country.

President Cecil Page believes that this has been one of the club's most successful years.

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The Kingfisher club put on another good night's boxing at the Ocean Room with 14 bouts, with club boxers taking part in 12 of the bouts, winning seven.

Curtis Williams won on points over Charlie Naylor (Dagenham) with hard work and good clean, crisp punching.

Steve Middleton won on points over Lee Kirby (Gold Star, King's Lynn). Miiddleton, the better boxer and harder puncher, was never in any trouble.

Kene Penfold lost on points to Charlie Law (Dagenham). Kene boxed well but Law was that bit stronger and punched harder and had Penfold on the back foot most of the bout.

Jordan King lost on points to Steven Park (Tottenham). This was very close with both boys boxing well and scoring with good punches.

Artie Draper boxed well when winning on points over the tall Charlie Webb (St Pancreas). Draper worked hard throughout, scoring well with both hands.

George Parsons lost on points to Phil Vinehall (Goldstar, King's lynn). Parsons had to work hard throughout as Vinehall was much taller. Parsons had to move inside to do his work and landed to head and body. Vinehall was scoring with good left jabs as Parsons moved in.

Nathon Smith won on points over Arron Robinson (Cambridge DC). Smith boxed well with crisp left jabs and countered well with both hands as Robinson rushed in.

Tyrell Gray won on points over Gareth Levine (Colchester). This was a debut bout for both boxers. It was a fine match for beginners with crisp punching and good footwork. Gray did that little more work and deserved his win.

Arunas Lukas won when Alex Kyriacou (St Pancreas) was disqualified for misuse of the head. This was a hard bout, Lukas was boxing well and was catching his opponent with good punches. Kyriacou had no answer and kept rushing in head down and after persistent warnings the referee had seen enough.

Paulius Maciulevicius won when stopping Andrew Northway (Aylsham) in the first round. He had him down in the first seconds with a hard right. Northway was never in the fight after that and was stopped after two more counts.

Ben Savva lost on points to Karl Allen (Eastgate). This was a close bout but at times scrappy. Allen liked to come in head down swing and hook, Savva tried to stay on the outside and used straight punches. There were few clean punches landed by either boxers.

Richard Beck lost on points on a close bout with Henry Bacon (Lowestoft triple A). This was a hard-punching bout, both landing with heavy body punches and at times stood toe to toe, punching. Beck tired in the last round to give Bacon the edge and a good win.

In the other two bouts Ashley Kirby (Goldstar King's Lynn) won on points over Patrick McDonogh. Dom McGuri (Colchester) won on points over Lewis Henry (Tottenham).

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