Clarke takes ABA belt as Trinity duo star in Derby

Haydon Clarke (centre) is pictured with Trinity ABC chairman Jon Fitch (left) and club leader Scott Rafferty. Pictured below is Loui Hemstock with his trophy. Photos submitted.
Haydon Clarke (centre) is pictured with Trinity ABC chairman Jon Fitch (left) and club leader Scott Rafferty. Pictured below is Loui Hemstock with his trophy. Photos submitted.
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Trinity Boxing Club duo Haydon Clarke and Loui Hemstock put in outstanding displays as they represented the club at Pride Park Stadium last weekend.

Boxing in the Pegasus/One Nation promotion, the pair both recorded fine victories in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Clarke, 17, produced the goods when it mattered most in what was the most important fight of his boxing career.

In his first ever senior fight he challenged for the Derbyshire ABA light welterweight challenge belt and won in emphatic style with a clear unanimous points victory over Buxton’s Adam Sircar, giving Trinity a record three belt holders,

Sircar, 21, won the belt convincingly in December and had gone on to compete in this year’s ABA elite championship in which he made it to the East Midland final.

But the young Trinity star was confident after an intense period of preparation, and started brightly, spearing the Buxton man with sharp jabs from his south paw stance.

These were quickly followed with solid back hand punches as Clarke established his authority.

Sensing he was down, Sircar made a big effort in the second round but the Trinity man fired back hard and a series of left uppercuts found the target.

In the final round Clarke stepped up the pace in the 3x3 minute elite distance bout and pulled away as Sircar tried to hold and spoil as he tired.

Clarke finished on top and a lightning fast combination sealed the bout in his favour.

Youngster Hemstock, meanwhile, made it two wins in a week and also a hat-trick of victories at the Pride Park Stadium venue.

The Trinity schoolboy star boxed with authority to take a unanimous points decision over Josh Taylor of Buxton after winning convincing victories on the Derbyshire ABA tournament and the Trinity dinner show in November .

Hemstock met the aggressive Buxton fighter with solid punches throughout to take a convincing victory to add to his success in Alfreton last week.

Taylor was always competitive but Hemstock was sharp and beat him to the punch and scored with fast counter punches.

Club leader Scott Rafferty said of the two bouts: “Haydon will have learned from his bout but now is the time for him and the club to celebrate a fantastic victory.

“With regard to Loui’s fight, the points tally was wide in his favour and will give the Derbyshire ABA schoolboy champion a good platform to build on.”