A sell-out crowd witnessed an action-packed night of boxing at Trowell’s Festival Inn as Trinity ABC hosted their first promotion of 2013.
And it was a successful one for the host club as their fighters excelled, including light heavyweight Jamie Chatburn who produced a punch perfect performance to claim the vacant Derbyshire ABA challenge belt.
Chatburn, 29, secured a wide points victory over Denby rival Phil Davenport, using his mobility to score with impressive single shots and combinations and move smartly to avoid the crude attacks from the former middleweight belt holder.
When Chatburn needed to dig in he did so, but his superior skills were the key to this impressive victory that had the crowd on their feet roaring their approval.
With this victory Chatburn also claimed a place in the finals of the Midlands central belt competition and will be looking to add to his trophy cabinet with the inaugural belt at light heavyweight in the Uni Box Rings promoted competition.
Chatburn was also voted outstanding Trinity boxer of the tournament and received the Ralph Smitheringale Memorial Trophy.
National novice champion Jake Harrison was also in top form as he took a hard-fought decision over Kettering’s Karolis Baubkus.
East Midlands ABA finalist Baubkus was a big strong man who came forward but he was met by punches of shuddering power from the Trinity star.
Harrison controlled the action throughout and added another creditable scalp to his record in this unbeaten season.
There was disappointment for club captain and crowd favourite, heavyweight Russ Henshaw, when his opponent pulled out on the eve of the show but the club’s other senior boxers on the bill stepped up to give the crowd plenty to cheer.
Middleweight Callum Perrott took a well-deserved points decision over Glenn Spearink of Bourne in a contest that earned the best bout award.
Perrott was in control throughout but the Lincolnshire man was determined and the pair gave the crowd plenty to shout about.
Light heavyweight Sam Bates extended his unbeaten run in a competitive affair with Hull rival Ben Clement and light middleweight Sam Patchitt also remains unbeaten after an impressive stoppage win over Curtis Burns of Nottingham.
Popular light middleweight Jake Trueman ran into some big shots from Matt Gregory of Derby and the referee stepped in to leave Trueman frustrated at not being able to show his best.
The junior boxers were given a good start when Joel Pickering began the night with victory in a close and entertaining battle of debutants with Michael Casey of Derby on his 13th birthday.
Pickering showed plenty of promise and is sure to be a crowd favourite with his determined all-action style.
Josh Tomlin also showed plenty of promise in his bout with Harry Elliott of Hull but he missed out in a close contest.
Macauley Cartwright made his debut against Remel Ramsarran of Bedford and missed out on a close split decision but still showed enough to promise success in the future.
John Langley was out-pointed by Hamza Ali Khan of Bury in an action-packed bout that saw both boxers have their share of success, but another boxer from Bury, Mohammed Faheem scored with some big punches to prompt the end of his contest with Archie Chadwick.
Trinity club leader and coach Scott Rafferty said: “The club had a fantastic show with outstanding entertainment for a very good and appreciative crowd.
“The lads gave their all. Jamie Chatburn got the reward for an outstanding effort and Jake Harrison continued to impress as he bids to make an impact on the national super heavyweight rankings.
“There were also very promising performances from the developing squad.
“It was disappointing that Russ Henshaw didn’t get the chance to perform on the night but he still has plenty on his agenda for the rest of the season.”