National champion Demie-Jade Resztan wins Boxer of the Night award at New Astley Boxing Club’s home show
Club star Demie-Jade Resztan walked away with the Boxer of the Night award from New Astley Boxing Club’s home show on Saturday.
Prior to her outing against Ireland under-22 champion Courtney Daly at the Racing Centre in Newmarket, New Astley head coach Mark O’Reilly had conceded Resztan was in for a ‘stern test’.
However, the national champion made relatively light work of her opponent from the Dublin-based Crumlin Boxing Club, eventually stopping her in the third round to pick up the Colin Humphrey Trophy.
“Demie was outstanding and it is probably the best I have seen her,” said O’Reilly. “She was up against a very good girl who is the Irish champion – a real class act from a good club.
“But I could not fault Demie for anything she did. She had it under control and the tactics worked perfectly. She gave her a count in the second round and it was the right decision to stop in the third round.”
New Astley had a total of three wins from their seven competitive bouts on the night, one of which was secured by Ollie Quinn on debut.
The other came courtesy of Harvey Gillham, who will head to Bristol this weekend for the pre-quarter-finals of the Junior Cadets Championships.
“This was a rematch for Harvey and he won on a split decision the first time – it was very close,” added O’Reilly. “But this time Harvey was outstanding. He has stepped up a level or two since the first fight and dominated the whole fight.
“He is getting stronger and has always had a natural toughness, but now he is starting to box more technically. He is in good form heading into the event at Bristol and we will see where he goes from there.”
As for the event as a whole, O’Reilly was pleased with the standard both in and out of the ring.
“It went fantastically well. The place was packed to the rafters and people had to queue to get in,” he said. “It is probably one of the best events we have had as a spectacle and the feedback has been really pleasing. All of my fighters gave everything they had and that is all I can ask of them.”