Trinity ABC boxers had a tough night on their own club’s promotion at the Trowell’s Festival Inn on Friday but produced some outstanding boxing to thrill the packed house.
Bantamweight star Jamie Williams returned after a two-year break to steal the show with an all-action performance against highly-rated Bishop Auckland boxer Aaron Hubery.
Williams, 19, moved well and caught Hubery with solid punches to head and body in a high-tempo bout.
Hubery, from the North East town’s Shildon Club, came with an impressive record and a big reputation and pushed the Trinity star all the way, but a big final round from Williams in which he landed solid hooks to the body and big right hands gave him the unanimous points decision.
The bout was also voted best of the night by the ABA judges who also decided Williams was the outstanding Trinity boxer of the night, awarding him the Ralph Smitheringale Memorial Trophy.
Alex Reed was disappointed to be on the wrong end of a split decision after a titanic battle with Nathan Cooper of Derby club One Nation in a final eliminator for the Derbyshire ABA middleweight challenge belt.
Both boxers displayed plenty of determination in a rousing battle over the championship distance of 3 x 3 minute rounds for the right to challenge for the belt.
But it was the Derby boxer who took a very tight decision after an enthralling fight that served as an excellent finale to an action-packed show.
Earlier there was disappointment for Trinity’s other senior boxers on the bill.
Middleweight Dean Hill had an excellent start in his battle with stocky Barnsley boxer Lee Clayton, putting him on the floor in the first round and out-boxing him as he moved out of range of the Yorkshire man’s clubbing swings.
But early in the second round Clayton connected with solid punches that put Hill down and unable to beat the count.
The doctor was quickly into action and Hill was soon back on his feet and sportingly able to congratulate the Yorkshire man.
Young middleweight prospect Callum Perrott, 18, was forced to retire with a shoulder injury after a close first round with Alex Wright of Derby, and super heavyweight prospect Jake Harrison was stopped by the referee after three counts in the first round against tall Worcester boxer Ashley James.
Many of the club’s juniors were also in action with impressive wins for Loui Hemstock and Thomas Robinson, the latter in his final junior bout before moving into the senior ranks.
Trinity club leader Scott Rafferty said: “We had a great competitive night of boxing with some very close decisions and the Trinity fans were out in force again to give the lads great support.
“A few were left disappointed with opponents pulling out at late notice but all the lads that boxed represented the club well.”