Future is bright as club proves it packs a punch

JUMPING FOR JOY: Harry Burst celebrates his win over Kieron Riches
JUMPING FOR JOY: Harry Burst celebrates his win over Kieron Riches
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Chairman Jeremy Burton hailed the continual growth of Attleborough Boxing Club 
following the ‘best’ show of their six-year existence.

A capacity crowd including the leader of Breckland Council Michael Wassell and Attleborough Mayor Karen Pettitt filled the town’s Connaught Hall, as they were treated to 18 bouts of knockout action as a host of the club’s Thetford-based rising stars proved they can certainly pack a punch.

And having seen the likes of Ben Clarke, Harry Burst, Santiago Weaver, Roni Dean and Connor Holloway all dazzle in the ring, Burton remains confident about a bright future for the club.

“It was a fantastic night and for me probably the best we’ve ever had,” he said.

“I’m incredibly proud to see how far we’ve come and to see the place full and have a mixture of the young ones and older boxers all impress is fantastic.

“Without a shadow of doubt the future is looking incredibly bright for the club.

“We are building an extension and doubling the size of the club which shows we are going from strength to strength.

“I think some of those on show will go onto the ABA finals and hopefully win titles which would be amazing.”

Of those with a bright future, Clarke showed his growing potential with a promising display against Diamonds’ Charlie Huntbridge.

Having proved his greater strength advantage early on in the first round, Clarke continued to dominate his opponent with flurries of punches throughout to claim a unanimous victory from the judges.

There was also joy for Burst who eased past another Diamonds’ fighter as he overcame Kieron Riches.

It was clear that Burst was too strong for his opponent and it showed as Riches was knocked down in the second round before taking a standing count as the judges handed the Attleborough star the decision.

The victories continued for Attleborough as Weaver easily overcame John McDonagh from the Lion Club with an impressive unanimous decision

There was less joy for duo Mihails Vasiljev and Milo Clay as they both suffered defeats.

Vasiljev endured a tough bout against Hornchurch’s Dylan McDonagh, while Clay was unlucky to lose out in a very tight split decision to Ryan Taylor.

However, it proved a memorable night for Dean who stopped Amy Good in her debut bout after a dominant show in which she caused two standing counts much to the crowd’s delight.

And with the crowd still on their feet, it was left to Holloway to cap off the night in style as he stopped John Cutlin, as his obvious strength advantage shone through with two standing counts, before a ferocious flurry of punches left the referee with no choice but to halt the fight.