Former British boxing champion Dave Boy Green hailed the town’s Apex venue after it staged a knockout show on Saturday night.
The former British welterweight title holder — who memorably lost to the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, in a world title challenge in 1980 — was among a vociferous capacity crowd as the venue staged boxing for the first time.
In the ring, the event — presented by white collar boxing Cambridge and SIBC — staged nine bouts, pitting American and British amateurs against one another in a highly-entertaining host of fights, which threw up bandaged head guards, a biting disqualification and bloody noses.
The main event of the night also culminated in Britain’s James Beck overcoming American counterpart Louis Feoria to clinch the WCBC middleweight championship title to leave 60-year-old Green impressed with the action on offer.
“The show was very impressive and I really enjoyed what I saw on offer,” he said. “It has been a great stage for the lads to show what they can do and I think they all did great.
“To have this sort of show in Bury for the first time is great because hopefully it can encourage more people to get involved in the sport.
“These type of events can only help to encourage people and help grow the sport.”