A SELL-OUT crowd on Saturday night made South Holland Boxing Academy’s first annual open show a real knockout.
Young boxers from the Holbeach-based club took on fighters from across the country in what proved to be a blockbuster night of action.
The successful Holbeach Community Centre event was held in honour of South Holland’s sponsor John King, who died last year.
In the ring, South Holland’s Jack Fowler stole the show, securing a unanimous points win that saw him become the first winner of the John King Memorial Shield.
Legendary ex-professional Dave “Boy” Green, who had two world title fights in his career, was the special guest on the night.
Delighted Academy coach John Sutton, said: “The hard work of all the committee members on the day paid dividends to create the right image, for what has been a memorable evenings entertainment.
“I’d like to thank all the boxers – both home and away – for contributing in the show, the standard was been really good.
“Let’s hope the public enjoyed it and will continue to support us.
“We feel that Mr John King would have loved the show and it has been dedicated to him.”
The first bout of the evening saw South Holland’s Jack Secker square off against Solihull ABC’s Brandon Jones. Both fighters were making their in-ring debut.
Home favourite Secker started well with a good scoring lead, but he was eventually retired by his corner in the third with his defence found wanting.
Next up was Spalding ABC’s Damion Granger against Scunthorpe ABC’s Jessie James Alcock. Despite a strong start, Granger lost on points.
It was then time for South Holland’s 12-year-old Luke Nicholson to make his bow.
Competing against a March pugilist, the pint-sized debutant caught his opponent with a number of cracking shots, but was controversially beaten on points.
Another close contest followed, with South Holland’s Robert Lewesly meeting Ashford’s Spencer Morrison.
In a battle between two skilful fighters, the home representative was again beaten on points.
It was then time for Thomas Pogson – cousin of pro fighter Callum Johnson – to take on Barnsley Star ABC debutant Liam Richardson.
However, the South Holland lad underestimated his adversary and was well-beaten.
Next up the eagerly-anticipated rematch between home favourite Aiden Johnson and Thomas Arnerll (Hull ABC) bout. However, Johnson, who was nursing an injured hand, was unable to repeat the victory he secured last time.
There was a KO in the following bout, as South Holland’s Keelan Stewart hit the deck. But after being helped fromthe ring, he was not badly injured.
Fowler’s eye-catching win over March ABC’s Pierce Ducker followed, before home fighter Nathan Sage dismantled Hull’s Szimon Chmurzynski en-route to a points win.
The home wins kept on coming, with South Holland’s Vladislav Dzimitais stopping Grantham’s Terry Bennett and Isaac Leatherland seeing off Stamford’s Elliot Hill on a points decision.
Barnsley’s Tom Sellars ended the winning streak by stopping the skilful James Swabey in the final round, though.
Final match of the evening saw Bourne’s Glenn Spearink overpower Boston ABC’s Daniel Clark, winning his debut bout by a majority decision.