Starie shines in hard-fought victory over Reece Dolan

HARD-FOUGHT WIN: James Starie, red, on his way to victory over Reece Dolan

HARD-FOUGHT WIN: James Starie, red, on his way to victory over Reece Dolan

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Eastgate Amateur Boxing Club’s James Starie secured a hard-earned victory over Attleborough’s Reece Dolan on Friday.

Great Whelnetham Community Centre hosted Eastgate’s home show, with it beginning with four non-decision skill bouts to give the opportunity for young boxers to gain experience in the ring.

Eastgate’s new clutch of youngsters Luke Westray, Isaac Wallace, Kaleb Robertson-Howard and Freddie Barnby all boxed well, with the stand-out performer being 11-year-old Barnby, who showed well-honed skills in his first outing.

In the competitive bouts, Eastgate’s Sam Williams found Joseph Lee a handful.

Williams landed good right hands during the contest, but Lee was more aggressive during the contest and secured the verdict by a majority decision.

Steve Mannix, from visiting club Holland Shore, gained the verdict over 13-year-old Zach Robertson-Howard in a closely-fought bout.

Of the senior contests, Eastgate’s Tony Reeve came up against a cagey opponent in Jake Marshall.

The first two rounds consisted of both contestants waiting and countering each others’ moves, but it developed into a more exciting encounter in the final round with Reeve putting together a number of accurate flurries to the head to secure the judges’ majority verdict.

Reggie Fell was edged out of the decision by the earlier work-rate of Ben Whitworth from the Norwich Diamonds ABC. Although Fell put pressure on his opponent in the last round, the judges gave the majority verdict to the Norwich-based boxer.

There were some Eastgate boxers not available on the night due to forthcoming commitments.

Jimmy Fell is contesting in the Senior Novice National quarter-finals at Chatteris, Matt Rose is through to the semi-finals of the National Ambition Boxing Championships and Jake Dykstra has been selected for Amateur Boxing Association assessment at Aldershot.

Eastgate host their Grassroots Show on Saturday, December 21, at Great Whelnetham Community Centre.