Quartet of Lowestoft boxers through to national last eight
PUBLISHED: 10:36 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:36 08 March 2017
Lowestoft Amateur Boxing Club entered four boxers in the Eastern Counties stage of the National Junior Championships held at the Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth on Saturday.
It was the first boxing tournament to be held at the historic venue in more than 50 years.
First to box was 14-year-old Dylan Moss whose opponent was the National and Tri-Nation current champion, Luke Belfield from Essex club, Hockley.
In the first session Belfield used his experience to keep the Lowestoft boxer at bay. He used his reach as he jabbed and moved around the ring.
In the second round Dylan had more success as he moved inside the Essex boxer’s reach and found his punches starting to connect. But as he cut the ring down, Belfield put more pressure on the Lowestoft boxer.
In the final round the fitness of Moss came into play as the Tri-Nation champion tried to outwork him and appeared to be coming off second best as Dylan fought back.
It was a very close-fought contest that Moss won on a split decision.
Next in the ring was 14-year-old Frankie Bacon boxing in the under 48kg categoty. His opponent was Freddie Barnby from the Mid-Anglia club of Trumpington near Cambridge.
From the start both young boxers went toe-to-toe as they met in the middle of the ring, with the shorter southpaw expecting the taller, skilful Bacon to move back. However, he soon found Frankie more than happy to take him on for two rounds of solid non-stop punching on the inside, that stood testament to both of the young boxers’ fitness.
In the final round, the Lowestoft boxer used the ring more and made space for his punching but the Trumpington youngster was like a train, moving forward and trying to pin Frankie down.
But he had little success. Again it was a hard-fought contest that went to a split decision which went to the Lowestoft boxer.
Also through to the national quarter-finals with walk overs were Joe Kerrison in the under 75kg and Kieran Riley in the over 81kgs class.
All four Lowestoft club boxers will now box in the national quarter-finals that will be held at Harlow Stadium in Essex on Sunday, March 19.