Thetford’s Blackwell is the standout performer in Attleborough show

GREAT PERFORMANCE: Thetfords Charlie Connaughton put on an impressive display against Johnny Delaney
GREAT PERFORMANCE: Thetfords Charlie Connaughton put on an impressive display against Johnny Delaney
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Thetford youngster Daelarrna Blackwell was the standout performer in Attleborough Boxing Club’s inaugural show in Wymondham on Saturday.

The 12-year-old, who boxes for Attleborough, kicked off the competitive boxing in sheer style on Saturday night against Bulmershe’s Katilyn Lenihan.

In her first-ever competitive bout, Blackwell clearly outworked and outmanoeuvred her opponent in all three rounds, eventually winning the bout on points via a unanimous decision.

Fellow Thetford-based boxer Charlie Connaughton was next up for the host club and kept the excitement going in what proved to be a closely-fought bout with Finchley’s Johnny Delaney.

At the start of the first round Delaney came out all guns blazing, before Connaughton picked up steam and was able to get the better of the work in the latter part of the round.

Both boxers put on a great performance in the second and third rounds, with Delaney taking the win by a unanimous decision.

Michael Jordan was the third Thetford boxer in action on the night, as he represented Attleborough in the final bout against Trumpington’s Gianni Anton.

The first round saw Anton out power Jordan throughout, before the home favourite picked up the pace and boxed much better in the second round, catching his opponent with some nice clean blows.

Anton returned the favour in good measure by landing some punishing blows, and they continued throughout the third round as the courageous Jordan just kept on throwing.

The accuracy and sheer strength of Anton resulted in a clear defeat for Jordan, who was beaten on points in a unanimous decision.

Attleborough’s head coach Jon Dennis sung the praises of Blackwell at the end of the night when he said: “The standout performance of the night was from Daelarrna Blackwell who is improving at the appropriate speed.

“I would personally like to thank sponsors, volunteers, boxers and coaches for coming together and creating such a great evening to celebrate the sport of amateur boxing.”