Home boxers pack a punch in knockout show at Innocence

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Eddie Guest hailed his home boxers after they put on a knockout show at Innocence Nightclub on Saturday night, in aid of Charity Oscar Walks.

In front of a capacity and vocal crowd at the Newmarket-based venue, Guest staged 13-bouts of high quality which contained four East Anglian and Southern area title fights including Matt Fitch’s final white-collar bout before turning professional.

And, having seen his white-collar nights build from strength to strength over the past few years, Guest is already excited for future shows.

“It was another excellent night for everyone involved with the club,” he said.

“The atmosphere was brilliant from what was a really big crowd and I think all the boxers did themselves proud.

“We won all of the titles we entered which was fantastic and my lads gave some brilliant performances.

“As well as the experienced fighters we did have some first timers and I was very surprised how calm and collected they were.

“It was also honour for me to have Matt Fitch come down here in his last amateur fight and so I was delighted with that. These shows seem to be getting bigger and better every time. We are getting a bigger following and so the future is looking very bright.”

Fitch enjoyed headline billing as he overcame Jamal Mills to retain his 82kg Southern Area title in a showpiece bout ahead of entering the professional ranks, but it was Guest’s home boxers who stole the show.

One such fighter to impress was Mark Samuel, who enjoyed a thrilling fight against Lee Pittman as the pair battled it out for the 62kg Southern Area title.

But, after two close opening rounds in which the duo could not be separated, Samuels shaded the third and final round to gain the unanimous decision from the judges.

There was also joy for Simon Walters, who came through a tight bout with Lee Kirby to clinch the 77kg East Anglian belt, while Jamie Corner made it three titles out of three for the club on the night by overcoming Sonny Dormer in a dominant display.

In the fight of the night, James Bussey and Billy Grey went toe-to-toe for three rounds. With the judges unable to separate them, the bout was awarded as a draw.

It was the same outcome for Chris Cav in the opening fight of the show against Darren Costello, while the judges could also not separate the efforts of home boxer Reno Hawes and Darren Ward in another enthralling bout.

There was less success for Eddie Edgars, who endured a difficult fight against Casey Smith, who forced a first round standing count on his way to securing a unanimous decision from the judges.

There was also defeat for Nathan Howie, who had no answer to the more powerful Mikie Webberkane, while Joe Parker, Yaz Sharpe-Wright and the experienced Jim Bowers also came out on the wrong side of the judge’s decision in hard-fought bouts.

However, the home crowd were soon back on their feet as Jack Gilligan put on a quality display of composed boxing to overpower Billy Rudd.