BOXING: Tough opener for South Holland lads

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SOUTH Holland Boxing Academy kicked off their new season with a trip to Scunthorpe Centurions – and it proved a tough test for three of the club’s top talents.

Junior Thomas Pogson joined seniors James Swaby and Vladislav Dzimitais in the ring for the Holbeach-based club at Wortley House Hotel, but all three suffered defeats.

Pogson was up against old rival Liam Richardson from Barnsley in bout three of the programme. He worked hard through the first round, with the heavier Richardson going in all guns blazing.

The South Holland pugilist was told to box behind the jab are tire his opponent out during the interval, but leaning tactics from Richardson made him hard to hit.

In the third round Pogson found the tiring Richardson easy to hit, but the Barnsley ace did his best to spoil the round and the points decision went his way.

South Holland head coach John Sutton said: “Thomas did well, but the extra weight was a telling factor.

“But no discredit to Tom, he has trained hard to be ready for the start of the season and his fitness is now at a competition level.”

Next up was Swaby, who has returned in fine form. His appetite for competition was evident from the off – but he found Grimsby ABC’s Danny Manley a tough test.

The first round was a cautious affair, with Swaby’s opponent the busier of the two. His light combination of punches didn’t really trouble the South Holland fighter, but he found it hard to mount attacks of his own.

Rounds two and three followed a similar pattern, and – although Swaby steadily improved – Manley was awarded the decision after the bell.

Sutton added: “It was not the result we were looking for.

“But on the plus side, it was a very good and cautious performance from James, who has got the early results and performances behind him.

“James is learning every time in the gym and his progression is obvious. We expect good things from him and that win is not far away.”

It was then time from Latvian Dzimitais, who faced off against Nick Bass from Grimsby. With Sutton having seen Bass in action before, Dzimitais was told to box behind his jab and to keep the devastating Grimsby pugilist away from him.

He set about the task well, finding Bass easy to hit with his long jab. The first two rounds went to the South Holland boxer, as he commanded the fight with his left lead.

But Bass landed a hard shot to the head in the third and the fight was stopped following the fierce onslaught that sent him over the ropes.

Coach Lin Secker said: “I was disappointed by the referee’s decision. I thought Vlad should have had a standing eight count, as it was near the end of the round.

“I think if he had got the mandatory eight count, then Vlad would have recovered enough to ensure the result.”

With that in mind, Bass has accepted a rematch with the Latvian at South Holland’s show on November 5 at Holbeach Community Centre.

Also on the bill is a repeat of last season’s schoolgirl ABA final between Amber Lewis and Elisha Mea Williams (Swale Gloves, Kent), while local favourite Aiden Johnson will be in action.

Tickets go on sale soon, with South Holland expecting another sell-out.