Hawes turns on the style to take title

CRUISE CONTROL: Max Hawes, left, lands a crushing right uppercut during his white collar title win

CRUISE CONTROL: Max Hawes, left, lands a crushing right uppercut during his white collar title win

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Max Hawes left the crowd in raptures after turning on the style in the boxing ring in Newmarket to clinch his first white collar title on Saturday.

The 28-year-old justified his billing as the headline act on Eddie Guest’s white collar boxing show at Newmarket Leisure Centre by producing four controlled rounds of boxing to take an unaffiliated 73kg East Anglian title over Mike Midas.

“Mike is a very experienced fighter and he looked to try and knock Max out with a few big shots, but Max’s guard was very good and in the end he couldn’t handle his pressure,” said Guest. “The win really made my night and it was the result everybody there wanted to see.”

While Hawes was very much the star of the show, there were wins on the card for five other boxers trained by Guest, including Dameon Starmer, Chris Cav and Eddie Gray.

Of those mentioned, it was the performance of Newmarket-based Gray that really caught the eye of Guest.

“Eddie boxed very well and produced three classy rounds of boxing,” said Guest. “He was very consistent the whole way through and just covered up when he had to and his opponent could not handle his quick hands.”

First-time fighter Graham Carson, son of town trainer Tony Carson, made a winning debut, while Jack Gilligan, from Exning, made his home show debut a victorious one.

“Graham seemed to enjoy it and didn’t let the nerves get to him on what was a big occasion, while Jack put up a great performance as he was fighting someone heavier, but he just kept coming forward and over powered him,” said Guest.

The only two home boxers to taste defeat on the night, which was raising cash for charity Racing Welfare, were white collar regular Jim Bowers, and Steve Taylor, who suffered a second-round knockout.