Mixed bag at big-hitting events

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FOUR South Holland Boxing Academy fighters endured mixed fortunes as the Holbeach club attended two big-hitting events.

At Tamworth ABC Aiden Johnson suffered a controversial points defeat, while team-mate Thomas Pogson won on a majority decision.

It was a similar story at King’s Lynn’s Discovery Centre, as South Holland’s Jack Fowler won on a majority – only for James Swaby to be stopped by an experience opponent.

Johnson was up against it from the off, as he took on favourite Ryan Wilson. But he put in a spirited showing and his corner thought he’d done enough to get the nod from the judges.

His defeat was met with a chorus of disapproval from the audience – leaving coach John Sutton frustrated.

He said: “I can’t believe he lost the fight, he boxed well and his defence was superb. The home fighter was more experienced, but you wouldn’t have known. Sometimes the judges do get it wrong.”

Pogson, meanwhile, was up against home debutant Keiran Marshall. The Holbeach fighter lost the first round narrowly, but came back into it in the second, using his long jab well.

In the decisive final round he had the Tamworth pugilist in trouble mid-round – and kept the pressure on to secure the decision.

Sutton added: “This win was a long time coming for Tom, as he came to the club on the back of some bad results.

“He has had to step up to the plate, as his relaxed attitude was his biggest fault to his boxing. But he seems to have turned the corner.”

Elsewhere, Fowler wasn’t even meant to be on the card at Lynn, but a last minute re-jig saw him square off against a fighter from Dereham ABC.

His opponent was older, heavier and more experienced than Fowler, but the South Holland lad dismantled him in the second round.

He then enjoyed a strong final round to seal a majority decision from the judges – keeping his 100 per cent record alive.

Coach Sutton said: “Jack was not at his best tonight, but was strong enough to get the result. I think we have a star in the making.”

On the same bill, the luckless Swaby found himself in a miss-match against a Bedford AFC pugilist.

He suffered a huge amount of punishment from the off, forcing his corner to throw in the towel.

But Sutton was far from happy with the standard of match-making on the night.

He barked: “Unless you know the clubs and boxers, it is sometimes difficult to find the right match while boxers are in their development stage.

“But with this bout, things were not what they appeared to be.”

Johnson is next in action against James MacDonald at Scunthorpe on April 15, with Pogson also on the card.