Trinity stars shine at Pride Park promotion

Trinity star Jamie Williams collects the Ralph Smitheringale Trophy from Ralph's daughter Jayne Rafferty at Pride Park.
Trinity star Jamie Williams collects the Ralph Smitheringale Trophy from Ralph's daughter Jayne Rafferty at Pride Park.

Trinity Boxing Club fighters were in excellent form as the club held its ‘Night of Champions’ at Pride Park Stadium in Derby.

A sell-out crowd saw several of the club’s champions in action, with Trinity boxers taking eight victories from 11 contests.

Derbyshire flyweight champion and current bantam weight challenge belt holder Jamie Williams impressed in his clear victory over Dean Murphy of Tuebrook Boxing Club in Liverpool, and took the Ralph Smitheringale Memorial Trophy for best Trinity boxer of the night.

Williams, 21, started sharply against the south paw boxer, who was a former national champion, and caught him with two powerful left hooks inside the first 30 seconds of their 3x3 minute round fight.

Having gained the upper hand Williams was able to unload quality combinations as Murphy chased the fight.

Murphy was determined but this brought the best out of the Trinity star who displayed his skilful repertoire to delight the fans and take the unanimous decision.

Light heavyweight Jamie Chatburn was also at his best and needed to be to subdue the challenge of Wednesbury boxer Amir Ahmed who was on an impressive nine-fight unbeaten run .

Chatburn, 28, pulled away early on, scoring with fast punches, but Ahmed came back well with big body punches .

Chatburn continued to score with fast combinations and in the fourth round Ahmed was hanging on as the Trinity man took a convincing decision in what was voted the best bout of the night.

Multi-titled heavyweight star Russ Henshaw was also impressive in taking a clear points decision over another Wednesbury boxer in Nathan Burke.

Henshaw, 28, is renowned for his all action style but settled to outclass his stylish opponent in a controlled performance.

Earlier in the evening, and after the assembled squad and crowd had observed a ten-bell silence in memory of late club president Len Wilkinson, the club’s younger fighters also took to the ring.

First into action was 13-year-old schoolboy prospect Loui Hemstock, who took a clear and well deserved decision over Lewis Green of Wednesbury.

Hemstock used his left jab to good effect and finished strongly to take the unanimous vote of the judges.

Josh Tomlin, 15, made his debut and faced Derby boxer Taylor Gregg. Tomlin showed plenty of promise in his first contest but the Derby boxer took the close points decision.

Archie Chadwick, 16, made his first appearence for a year and, despite boxing well, two warnings for his head going low cost him the decision against Ben Demmery of Bristol club , Downend.

Lewis Doyle, 15, performed with plenty of heart and for two rounds was equal to the challenge of Rugeley’s Callum Connelly, but in the last round Connelly began to get through with heavy shots and the Trinity corner retired their man.

Sixteen-yar-old John langley also came back after a year away from the ring and worked hard to take a close decision over Jake Demmery of Bristol , scoring well with his sharp jab and showing determination throughout.

Haydon Clarke, 16, was in outstanding form as he displayed all his skills when out-pointing Keelan Jackson of Phoenix BC, Nottingham.

Clarke used a vast array of punches from his south paw stance and put Jackson under pressure with fast attacks of quality punches, taking a clear unanimous decision.

Kyle Hughes was in a battle with Ryan Barnacle of Coventry and his greater desire earned him a popular decision in a crowd-pleasing fight.

Middleweight Zak Smedley faced Pheonix BC’s Sean Radford and remains undefeated in five fights after putting the pressure on from the first bell and picking up the decision.

Trinity club leader Scott Rafferty said: “We had a brilliant night at a fantastic venue and were so pleased to bring 250 people to Pride Park from Ilkeston.

“The boxers were in outstanding form and really gave the supporters full value. The lads got a great buzz from performing in these surroundings and we will be promoting at Pride Park again next year.”