Kingfisher boxers applauded

Kingfisher ABC's first show of the boxing season took place in the Ocean Room in front of an appreciative crowd.The evening started with a fine display of boxing from Henri Potter of Kingfisher ABC who met Lawrence Manning of Wisbech ABC.

Kingfisher ABC's first show of the boxing season took place in the Ocean Room in front of an appreciative crowd.

The evening started with a fine display of boxing from Henri Potter of Kingfisher ABC who met Lawrence Manning of Wisbech ABC.

From the first bell Potter used his jab to push Manning back, scoring well as he blocked the Wisbech boxer's attack then countered and moved away. Second round Potter delivered a textbook double left-right hand combination to take the round, with Potter scoring freely against Manning's low guard. The final round started well with Potter scoring for no reply with several straight left-right combinations. The judges awarded the bout to Potter.

Liam Goddard of Kingfisher ABC met Aaron Soden-Blanchflower of Norwich Diamonds. Goddard in his first bout used his jab well, scoring with some well-timed right hands.

Soden-Blanchflower started the second round with good combinations that at first pushed Goddard back but Goddard again took the centre of the ring with his sharp jab doing most of the hard work. The third round began with Goddard using his jab to take control After several straight combinations the referee stopped the bout so that Soden-Blanchflower could have the blood wiped from his nose. As the bout resumed the Norwich boxer landed a series of two-handed attacks. The unanimous decision went to Goddard.

Mac Gee of Kingfisher ABC in his debut met Taylor Hubbard of Berry Boys ABC. The taller Gee used his height and reach advantage scoring with his lead hand.

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Having been frustrated in the first Hubbard came out second round determined to take the bout to Gee using a series of combinations and switching from body to head. At first Gee traded punches but then moved away, using his lead hand well to keep the Berry boy away.

The final round had Gee working to keep Hubbard away and with Hubbard finding it harder to get into range. Gee used his reach well to finish the bout with a unanimous points win.

Ben Savva of Kingfisher ABC met Joe Daly of King's Heath ABC in a senior contest. Savva boxed and moved from the start while Daly tried to close the ring down. The first round had a series of fast exchanges with both boxers scoring points before Savva used his ring craft to move away. Daly kept the pressure on in the second but with Savva delivering several good uppercuts.

As the third round reached the halfway point Daly visibly slowed, Savva took advantage with a good display of counter-punching, catching Daly with two well timed left hooks. Daly started brighter in the fourth but soon tired trying to pin Savva in the corners and again the Kingfisher boxer counter-punched out of danger. Daly still moved forward right to the end but walked onto a good straight right from Savva just before the final bell in a well matched contest. Savva took the bout by a majority.

Artie Draper of Kingfisher ABC met Manjot Singh of Chadwell St Mary ABC. Draper stepped inside his opponent's lead from the start and countered well with his solid right hand. In the second Draper used his jab more and finished the round with two left screw shots and a straight right.

Third round Singh made a big effort but Draper worked hard inside then stepped back to score as he moved away and got a well deserved unanimous points win.

Cain Brunning of Kingfisher ABC met Lee Martin of Chelverdon ABC in a senior contest. Brunning never seemed troubled as he used his southpaw counter-punching style to great effect, dropping him briefly

to the canvas with a straight left in the first.

It wasn't until the third that Martin upped his pace but the England representative soon had the bout under control again had a unanimous win.

Three-times champion Paulius Macivleuilius of Kingfisher ABC met Jan George-Polus of Sudbury ABC in the Eastern Counties under 20 bout, under 75kg final.

Macivleuilius started to find his range in the second round using his strong leading left and following up with a good straight right.

Macivleuilius continued the good work into the third with the Sudbury boxer being forced back into the corner and forced to hold on.

George-Polus tried to force his way back into the bout but Macivleuilius used his straight right in combinations with a left hook to finish the contest strongly in a unanimous points win.

Ashley Kirby of Kingfisher ABC met Luke Camp-Haywood of Chadwell and Corringham ABC in the under 81kg under 20 bout Eastern counties final.

Kirby boxed well in the first round using his jab well and his right as Camp-Haywood moved in. Camp-Haywood increased the pressure in the second, catching Kirby with a good screw shot as the pace started to tell on the Kingfisher boxer.

With the bout in the balance both boxers stepped up to the mark and exchanged punches right up to the final bell with the bout going to Camp-Haywood on points.

Kirby can take consultation that he was involved in the bout of the night.

The next Kingfisher show at the ocean Room is on Saturday, April 10, 2010. To book tickets call the Ocean Room direct on (01493) 667890. This show will be the Senior National ABA quarter-finals finals.

It is an honour for the club and the standard of boxing will be of the highest order. Please book your tables early as a high demand is expected for these.