Guest hails his latest knockout show

BLOW FOR BLOW: David Payne (right) and Erik Nerwago trade shots during their fight
BLOW FOR BLOW: David Payne (right) and Erik Nerwago trade shots during their fight

Eddie Guest hailed the continual success of his ever-popular white collar boxing shows after hosting another knockout evening.

A capacity 380-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 a number of title fights.

And having attracted boxers from as far afield as Wales and Portsmouth, Guest believes the growing reputation of his shows now speaks 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.

“As all the recent shows have been, there was an electric atmosphere once again.

“When certain local lads get into that ring it really lifts the roof.

“The atmosphere inside the club was amazing and it just shows how big these shows have become.

“The guys who fight in my shows, box all over the country and all comment just how good these shows are which is really pleasing to hear.”

In the ring, the home fighters put on a strong showing with a host of notable wins .

Jack Gilligan enjoyed a memorable evening as he capped his first title shot in style by winning an unaffiliated 72kg East Anglian belt with a unanimous decision against Ipswich’s Glen Goldsmith.

There was also title joy for Mark Samuels who retained his unaffiliated 62kg title after drawing with Paul Whall from Lowestoft.

It was the third time Samuels has successfully defended his title meaning he keeps his hands on the belt for good.

There was less success for Lee Stone who suffered a narrow defeat to Ipswich’s Lewis Mack in front of a large following, but Jamie Corner delighted the crowd in the bout of the night as he boxed out a colossus draw with Portsmouth’s Roscoe Jamo.

Carl Ledger then got the crowd back on their feet with a second round stoppage win against Welsh opponent Stuart Brown, who fell in the second round following a ferocious body shot.

There was also a stoppage victory for Lester Whitehead, who overcame Ipswich’s Bobby Bell and Ed Dunlop also dazzled in the ring, overcoming Portsmouth fighter Jack Chandler wrapping up a successful night for Guest.

“For me the fight of the night was Jamie Corner and Roscoe Jamo,” he added.

“From bell to bell they were just slugging it out and the crowd really enjoyed it. I though one of them had to fall at some point but they didn’t, the draw was definitely the right result.

“Lee Stone brought 40 fans alone but unfortunately lost in a cracking fight against Ipswich’s Lewis Mack.

“It was great to see Jack and Mark win their titles and I thought Ed and Carl boxed really strongly in tough fights.

“All in all it was another great night and they will keep getting building and getting bigger and better.”