Trinity ABC heavyweight star Russ Henshaw produced another powerful final round to claim the creditable scalp of former national champion Ben Atkin of the promoting Parson Cross club in Sheffield last week.
This was to be the Trinity man’s toughest test to date against a man who had previously taken the novice ‘B’ class title and also made it to the semi-final of the elite ABA championships.
But Henshaw was in control throughout the four round contest and picked up the pace and piled the pressure on in the last two minutes to take a clear unanimous decision from the Yorkshire judges and maintain his unbeaten record.
Atkins’ far greater experience did pose Henshaw a few problems, but it was a vital bout as he makes progress in the novice ‘B; class championship.
Henshaw, 26, is now at the national quarter-final stage and will box in Manchester next weekend.
Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This was the perfect preparation for Russ ahead of his championship bouts and he was asked many questions, all of which he answered.
“The experience of Atkin and what Russ was able to overcome will set him up well as he tries to take his second national title.”
Elsewhere, Thomas Robinson had a disappointing week, dropping two split decision verdicts when boxing in his opponent’s home town .
Lightweight Robinson, 17, was also on the Sheffield bill and faced Qasim Hussain of Sheffield city in another 4 x 2 minute round contest, the local lad getting the nod in a close bout between two skilful boxers.
A few days previously, Robinson was in action in Birmingham and suffered the same fate against Paul Walton of the promoting Solihull club.
Scott Rafferty added: “Thomas is boxing well against good opponents but he now needs to pull away from them.
“I know he is even better than he is showing from his performances in the gym, and he now needs to take this into the ring when the bell sounds for real.”
There was good news for middleweight Kyle Hughes, 20, when he was voted the club’s Boxer of the Month.
A busy and impressive preparation and performance on the club’s own tournament gave him the vote in what was a tough decision with so many of his clubmates outstanding in their attitude, preparation and performance.
Haydon Clarke, 15, also benefited from an outstanding performance on the club’s show and he as been selected to be part of the Derbyshire ABA elite junior squad.
Last week he met up with the squad in Chesterfield as they prepare under new county coach Robbie Sivyer for upcoming county tournaments.
There was also good news for several Trinity boxers when the county ranking list was reintroduced.
Russ Henshaw and Jake Harrison both take number one spot in their category - heavyweight and super heavyweight respectively.
Jamie Williams was rated at number two at bantamweight as he has competed at this weight this season, but will be looking to make flyweight for an ABA title challenge.
Kyle Hughes comes in at number five at middleweight after his recent surge in form and Thomas Robinson makes number six in what is the most competitive division, lightweight .