THE new boxing season got underway last week and there were mixed fortunes for Trinity ABC fighters.
Last season, Russ Henshaw and Jake Harrison captured Derbyshire titles on a memorable night at the Festival Inn when they both stopped their opponents in the finals.
This year, both have retained their titles without throwing a punch as their weight groups were uncontested at the Gateway Centre in Derby.
Both now move on to the Midland Counties’ Seven Counties round in Birmingham next week with the duo hoping to get the opportunity to box off at the Festival Inn on October 21 and then qualify for the Midland finals on October 30 in Coventry.
Bantamweight Jamie Williams did see action at the Gateway when he challenged local man Connar Blackshaw for the vacant Derbyshire ABA challenge belt.
Jamie, 20, boxed intelligently against the aggressive Derby man, picking points up with fast combinations as Blackshaw advanced and using good movement to work on the counter with fast powerful punches.
The judges, however, favoured the relentless aggressive style of the Derby man and awarded him the decision after a quality contest.
The previous evening near Sunderland, Lewis Doyle gave the club an impressive first win of the season at the Rainton Meadows arena in Houghton-le-spring.
Doyle, 14, dominated his bout with Karl Bennett of the promoting Hetton Town Boxing Club to take a clear decision after a hard-fought contest.
Doyle scored clear punches to move ahead in the first two rounds and piled on the pressure in the last round as the local lad tired and took a deserved decision.
Chloe Hemstock, 14, was unlucky to drop a decision to another local boxer, Rachel Stephenson in another quality contest.
Hemstock used her left jab to score but the aggressive attacks of the local girl took a narrow points decision.
In another junior bout Loui Hemstock, 12, put in a tremendous effort against home town lad John Stephenson but missed out on another close points verdict.
l Ilkeston boxing fans will get a chance to see the Trinity stars in action on Friday, October 21 at the Festival Inn, Trowell, in an event that will feature Midland Counties Championship boxing.
Heavyweight Russ Henshaw and super heavyweight Jake Harrison will be in championship action and light middleweight Alex Reed will challenge South Normanton’s Danny Singleton for the vacant Derbyshire challenge belt.
Jamie Williams will also return at bantamweight, lightweight Thomas Robinson and welterweight Kyle Hughes will feature and there will be debut bouts for light heavyweight Zak Smedley and welterweight Jay Robertson.
The junior programme will include John Langley, Archie Chadwick, Haydon Clarke, Lewis Doyle, Chloe Hemstock, Jordan Lewis, Zennan Wilschere and Loui Hemstock.
Tickets for this event are now on sale and available from Scott Rafferty on 079 5656 55 82.