Cleary’s home show packs a real punch

Cleary’s ABC coach Adrian Bush hailed it at as the “best amateur show he’s been to in 25 years” after an 11-bout card thrilled a packed audience at The Assembly last Friday night.

Featuring ten boxers from the host gym in addition to Warwick-based Stratford ABC fighter Mollie Perkins, the Cleary’s ABC-promoted event also saw an appearance from former world cruiserweight champion Franco Wanyama.

And the Ugandan former Olympian would certainly have been impressed by the talent on show, with Cleary’s boxers Hargobind Niijar and Lewis Williams displaying plenty of promise in their skills bouts against Cameron Quill (Stratford ABC) and Ethan Greenslade (Horseshoe ABC), respectively.

Midlands champion Perkins was delighted to beat her Yorkshire equivalent Charlotte Jarvis (Bridlington ABC) in a 45kg encounter, with Perkins’ skillful boxing and high guard earning her a narrow decision.

Dan Quartermaine received a huge wake-up call when he was put on the canvas in the opening round of his debut fight against Capitol ABC’s Jacob Alleyne.

However, the Cleary’s fighter recovered his composure and went on to record a comfortable win.

Liam Timms ran out of steam and went down to defeat in a close bout against Ryan Tooker (Exhall ABC), while Cleary’s stablemate Cale Sunner produced a string of excellent body shots to earn the decision against Keelan Morris (Synwell ABC).

Afghanistan-born Wail Jan Mangal Khan was unlucky to lose his debut, with the Cleary’s fighter appearing to have landed the cleaner blows against Jack Wilmott (Pegasus ABC).

Michael Jephcott also went down to defeat, with the home favourite refusing to take a backward step against Exhall ABC fighter Morgan McGhee in a fight sponsored by Wanyama.

The highlight of the night for the Leamington crowd was Myles Vale’s victory over Triumph’s Harvey Birch in the ABA Novices Under-20 Championship.

Birch came into the contest boasting 18 wins from his 20 bouts, but Vale claimed victory on a majority decision to go through to the Midlands final in Coventry tonight.

Also on the bill is Nav Manku Singh, who warmed up for his Novices Championship final with victory over a last-minute replacement from Devon in which he comprehensively outboxed his opponent.

Paul Dable will also be back in action tonight in Tamworth despite after suffering a stoppage defeat against Vulcan ABC’s Ryan Fuller in his debut outing.

Dable, who stands at 6ft 4in, was dwarfed by his opponent in the super-heavyweight bout and found the former cage fighter just too strong, with the referee stepping in to end the contest in the first round.

Cleary’s ABC next show is planned for February 23, with an England Select team taking on their Wales counterparts.

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