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Golden Debut For NSC Boxer Connors

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The National Smelting Company Amateur Boxing Club held it’s second show of the current boxing season at The Pill Memorial club with a 12 bout packed bill and nine Smelters boxers taking to the ring. In the first bout of the night was NSC’s youngest boxer 11-year-old ‘Big’ Ted Phillips boxing in his first skills contest, which are non decision bouts where both boxers have their arms raised as winners at the final bell. Informed Smelters head coach Garry Cave “These skills bouts are a great way of developing young boxers, it gives them the chance to learn the ropes without having to worry about losing. Ted boxed really well, showing a solid defence and good attacking combinations, he really enjoyed himself in an all action bout”.

In the second bout also making his debut was 11-year-old Light Flyweight Luke ‘The Force’ Connors a brother of seven, five of whom having all boxed for the NSC. Said Cave “I struggled to find Luke a skills bout but thanks to Golden Ring of Southampton who travelled with just one boxer we secured Luke a real contest versus John Chicken. I’d done a bit of homework so I knew John was a very strong young prospect with two previous quick victories but I had confidence in Luke’s boxing ability and toughness and he didn’t disappoint. The Golden ring boxer set a furious pace looking to force another early stoppage with a barrage of power punches but full respect to Luke he took everything thrown at him and just came firing back forcing his opponent across the ring”. After three very hard fought entertaining rounds, Connors won the bout on points.

Said Cave “I’m made up, for his first bout Luke really showed some bottle to beat such a strong opponent, Luke’s a real character to have in the gym and like all his brothers a very tidy boxer”.

Bout four saw NSC’s ‘Dazzling’ Dan Shackell matched against local Downend boxer Tom Williams. Cave said “Dan’s won his first three bouts so I was hopeful he could make it four straight wins but the Downend lad hadn’t read the script and boxed very well to win a close contest on points. You can’t win them all and Dan still put in a good performance, it will go again on another day, with a bit of extra hard training hopefully he’ll dazzle next time out”.

Bout five was NSC’s Western Counties Champion 13-year-old Jake ‘Monster’ Musgrove versus Swindon based James Richards of Penhill ABC. After three close rounds, Richards winning on points. Informed Cave “Jake doesn’t lose many and I know he was disappointed not to get the result but it was a good bout and we have him a rematch on the next Penhill show, he gave away a lot of height and reach but despite that boxed really well and as a coach that’s all you can ask for”.

Bout six saw Featherweight Dan Shackell’s twin 13-year-old bother James ‘El Toro’ Shackell matched against another Downend boxer in Martin Perret. Reported Cave “Neither of these lads wanted to take a backward step and what a war it was, with heavy blows exchanged on both sides. But as the bout went on James got the upper hand and scored with some big right crosses, blooding the nose of his Downend rival”. The Referee stopped the action mid way through the third round after Perret had received a couple of standing counts, Shackelll winning by RSC. Said Cave “James lost his first two bouts on close points, but he’s stuck at it, trained very hard and has now won his last four, it’s great to see all that work and determination now paying off for him”.

Next up for the Avonmouth based boxing stable was twice Western Counties Champion 15-year-old bantamweight Tyler ‘Tiger’ Davies boxing the taller stylish Louis Tinder of Penhill. “This is the third time these two young prospects have boxed, Tyler winning the first in a close bout, the second finished prematurely when Trinder turned an ankle and was unable to continue. After three great rounds of skilful boxing Tyler won a very close majority points decision off the judges. I know Tyler wasn’t convinced by his own performance, but he hasn’t boxed for a few weeks and did enough to win and this was a good chance to shake a bit of ring rust off” said Cave.. Tyler has a chance to win his third Western Counties Title on Saturday the 27th of March at Broadplain boxing club, Bristol where he meets for the first time Shane Haywood of Sturminster.

Last win of the night was secured from Welterweight Sam Fitzgerald with a convincing points win over Jamie Jones of Barnstaple. Said Cave “Sam is another boxer that trains hard he never misses a training session, after losing his first bout he’s won his last two and is shaping up, he’s really come in the last couple of months and is one to watch for in the future”.

NSC Light Welterweight Sam Smyth was unable get his third win in a row losing on points to Joe Hoskins of Downend. Said Cave “Sam boxed well and tried his heart out but was just beaten by the better man on the night, he should be proud of his performance, any club would be glad to have a lad like Sam, he’s a cracking young man and a pleasure to coach”

Summing up Cave states “It was a great family night out of boxing with 12 hard fought entertaining bouts, we got nine of our boxers bouts, losing four and winning four, two young lads had their first contests. It’s a great crowd at Pill Memorial Club they know their boxing and where very sporting to all the clubs boxers. A big thank you to all the boxing clubs and ABAe officials that supported this show”.

NSC host their next boxing show at Pill Memorial Club on Thursday the 20th of May, Doors 7pm, first bell 8pm, Tickets £10 over 18’s and £5 under 18’s Tickets will be available from May, Pill Club Tel. 01275 372176. Gary Cave

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