Guests’ shows are making a real name for themselves

TITLE DEFENCE: Mark Samuels successfully retained his 62kg East Anglian title after overcoming Manchester's John Spence
TITLE DEFENCE: Mark Samuels successfully retained his 62kg East Anglian title after overcoming Manchester's John Spence

Eddie Guest believes his white collar boxing shows are making a real name for themselves after hosting his most successful event to date.

A capacity 400-strong crowd packed out the Innocence nightclub in Newmarket on Saturday as a host of home fighters dazzled in the 13-bout show which featured three title fights.

And having attracted boxers from as far afield as Manchester and London, Guest believes the building reputation of his shows now speak for itself.

“We are really making a name for ourselves and the reputation just keeps on building,” said the promoter, who runs Eddie’s Gym from his home in Fordham.

“It was a sell out crowd of 400 people and the atmosphere inside the venue was just electric.

“Innocence night club is perfect for this type of event, it is ready made for us and it allows a great atmosphere on the night.

“We had four fighters come down from Manchester and others from London so that just shows you the reputation we have across the country already.

“We are attracting boxers from further afield and that is really exciting for the show.

“It will only keep getting building and getting bigger and better.”

In the ring, the home fighters endured mixed fortunes with a host of notable defeats and wins throughout the 13 bouts.

The standout result of the evening saw Mildenhall-based Max Hawes relinquish his 73kg East Anglian belt following a defeat to former professional David Payne.

A second defence of the title would have seen Hawes keep hold of the belt for good but his opponent proved too strong after getting involved in a brawl of a bout.

There was better news however as Mark Samuels successfully defended his 62kg East Anglian title after overcoming Manchester’s John Spence while Jamie Howell also made a magnificent return to the ring after two years out to win a 73kg title by beating Tom Constable.

There was also joy for Jamie Corner, Jack Gilligane and Gary Brace, draws for Jim Bowers and Richard Strike, while Lester Whitehead and Alistair McKechie suffered defeats despite promising displays to leave Guest satisfied with his boxers.

“Max Hawes’ opponent was just too strong for him. He’s a bit down but I’m confident he will come back stronger,” he added.

“Mark Samuels gave a brilliant display and dominated throughout, while Jamie Howell was back to his best and stopped his opponent in the first round which will be fantastic for his confidence.

“Jamie won every round of his 72kg bout and Jim was involved in a great bout, it was two older boxers going it at in a real brawl and the crowd loved it, both put their all into it.

“Gary and Richard also looked good as did Jack and Alistair who were also both promising, so all in all it was a good night.”