Attleborough Boxing Club held a ground breaking show in Wymondham with more than 500 people in attendance on Saturday night.
The first boxing show held in Wymondham for more than 50 years saw 17 bouts held and started with local MP George Freeman making an introductory speech, proudly observing Attleborough BC as the ‘gem of south Norfolk’.
Norwich’s Seb Edwards and Sudbury’s Kray Moore warmed the crowd up with good performances in a skills bout, before Attleborough’s Daelarrna Blackwell kicked off the competitive boxing in sheer style.
The 12-year-old, who was competing in her first-ever competitive bout, clearly outworked and outmanoeuvred Bulmershe’s Katilyn Lenihan in all three rounds to win by unanimous decision.
Charlie Connaughton kept the excitement going in what proved to be a closely-fought bout with Finchley’s Johnny Delaney.
Both boxers put on a great performance, with Delaney winning the decision.
Norseman’s Louis Thomas put on a brave display in his defeat against Holland Park’s Liam Rose, while Attleborough’s Owen Bolingbroke showed great spirit in his points decision defeat to All Comers’ Alfie Smith.
New Astley boxer Dean Allum came through a hard-hitting contest with Norwich’s Tyler Riley victorious, with Kingfisher’s Clay Nicholas edging the first split decision of the evening to get the better of Bridgewater’s Jayden Dorian.
Attleborough’s Lewis Nagle showed phenomenal heart in his decision defeat to New Astley’s Jesse Goodey, while All Comers’ Swalley Smith got the better of Norseman’s Antony Parkin, in a bout which saw both boxers put on a great display.
Home favourite Mark Riley and Feland Sparta’s Toby Herbert kicked off the second-half of the show, with the latter coming out on top via a unanimous decision.
In the first senior bout of the evening, Boston’s Matthew Mooney outclassed Bridgewater’s Jake McMorine in all three rounds resulting in a clear cut points decision victory.
Alan McDonald then evened the score for Bridgewater as his hard-hitting punches helped him beat Mayland’s Robin McGregor.
Bridgewater’s Yousif Saeed clinched a split decision win over Finchley’s Mohamed Garb, before his teammate Lewis Wood took on Boston’s Tom Upsall.
After taking some heavy shots in the first round, the referee gave Upsall two standing eight counts before his corner retired him before the second round could begin.
Essex University’s Ryan Beck edged a split decision over his Trumpington opponent Ciaran Hill, before Attleborough’s Michael Jordan finished off the night with a courageous performance in a unanimous decision defeat to Trumpington’s Gianni Anton.
Attleborough BC head coach Jon Dennis said: “The standout performance of the night was from Daelarrna Blackwell who is improving at the appropriate speed.
“I was pleased to see Owen Bolingbroke get awarded home boxer of the night after showing great sportsmanship and heart in his first competitive bout.”
Attleborough BC chairman Colin Kilby added: “I would like to thank our hosts, Wymondham Rugby Club, it is fantastic that the two clubs have been able to work so well together to create such a great show.
“There are too many to mention but I would personally like to give a massive thanks to all our sponsors for the evening without which we would never be able to give the youngsters the phenomenal stage that they had to perform on.”