Hughes comes out on top in Birmingham

Kyle Hughes (right) was in fine form to beat home town boxer Courtney Philip in Birmingham.

Kyle Hughes (right) was in fine form to beat home town boxer Courtney Philip in Birmingham.

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Trinity Boxing Club captain Kyle Hughes was in top form on Friday night in Birmingham when he took on home club boxer Courtney Philip on the Aston Police show at the Holiday Inn.

The Trinity middleweight star took control early on and stunned the local man with a big left hook that bought gasps from the packed crowd at this annual dinner boxing tournament.

The local man tried to stay with the pace and replied with some big punches, but many missed the target and Hughes replied with accurate counter punches.

Hughes put the pressure on in the second round and forced a standing count with heavy punches.

Early in the third round Hughes opened up again and put the local man in trouble with big combinations as he imposed himself once more.

Philip fought back gamely but the Trinity man took a convincing unanimous decision and received a big ovation from the appreciative home crowd for an outstanding performance.

Also on this show, youth boxer Macauley Cartwright gave a determined performance but was on the wrong end of a controversial split decision.

Cartwright was always in command but received a public warning towards the end of the third round for hitting the turning target of the home boxer.

This seemed harsh but cost the Trinity lad the decision .

Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “These were great performances from both lads as they continue to develop. Fights like this will help them to make progress.”