BOXING: Talented duo pack encouraging punch

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TWO of South Holland Boxing Academy’s top talents delivered encouraging performances in their most recent bouts.

Aiden Johnson picked up a victory by virtue of disqualification, while Joe Fowler announced himself on the boxing scene with a gutsy debut display in defeat.

Representing the Holbeach club well as always, Johnson travelled with team to Hillsborough ABC in Sheffield to compete against Liam Casey from Bracebridge ABC.

For Casey it was on a second fight in his return to boxing. He was looking for a ‘big name’ with experience to credit to his record – and the in-from Johnson fitted the bill.

From the bell in the first the South Holland lad was always the aggressor, trying to land his trademark hook to the body.

Casey was aware of Johnson’s power and at every opportunity he leaned on him to nullify his attack. This tactic was applied in every round and the Bracebridge boy was constantly warned by the referee.

In the end referee Ronnie Tucker (Aspire ABC) had no choice but to disqualify Casey, who was more like a cage fighter, with Johnson awarded the win.

South Holland head coach John Sutton said: “This is not the way to win a boxing match, but sometimes a bit of luck is all you need.”

Meanwhile, Joe Fowler travelled to Burton Latimer to face Ryan Harrison from Kettering School of Boxing ABC.

The pugilist pair opened the show – and what fine display of boxing they delivered.

Fowler was on his first outing, but his early caution in the first round saw him playing catch up from then on. Growing with confidence with every punch, Fowler found his feet in the second and it was a much closer round.

Harrison was a lot taller than Fowler and the long reach made it difficult for him to advance, but he did get close enough to apply his body shots in the final round.

It came little too late to obtain the advantage though, as Harrison took the win.

Sutton added: “Watch this space people, Joe Fowler is here. Like his older brother Jack, he looks to have a promising future in the sport.”

• South Holland’s Amber Lewis is competing in the schoolgirl national ABA finals on December 17 in Manchester.

Anyone wishing to travel to support the hard-hitting ace can contact head coach John Sutton on 07428 976694.

• Talented trio Aiden Johnson, Jack Fowler and William O’Connor are all entering the schoolboy national ABA finals after Christmas.

They enter the divisional rounds on January 8 and will hope to reach the finals. which are being held on February 29.

• South Holland Boxing Academy are looking for more girls to enter the sport and would also like to hear from juniors aged between ten and 16 years old.

Anybody interested in taking up the sport can call John Sutton on 07428 976694 or Lin Secker on 01406 423424.

Club opening times: Monday to Thursday – 6pm-7pm for juniors; 7pm-9pm for seniors/advanced juniors.

People wanting to get fit, especially with Christmas on the horizon, are also more than welcome.