Trinity Boxing Club have started the new season in style with two of their junior stars producing excellent performances at the start of a busy few weeks.
Derbyshire ABA champion Jordan Lewis gave the club an emphatic first win of the season when boxing on the Bear Town promotion in Congleton , Cheshire with an impressive display against home town favourite Chris Keeler.
Lewis, 15, last season’s outstanding schoolboy boxer award winner, took charge in the first round and put the local lad under pressure and a series of heavy body shots in the second round put him in control.
Although the Bear Town boxer battled in determined fashion throughout there was only one winner, the Trinity lad taking a unanimous decision.
Haydon Clarke, who like Lewis made it to last season’s Midland finals, stepped up in class to take on Doncaster’s Lewis Booth, a national champion last season, in a his first four-round contest .
Clarke, 16, was equal in skill to the Yorkshire lad in the first two rounds but his work rate didn’t match the popular local boxer.
In rounds three and four Clarke came back strongly and landed crisp power shots in the last round but the better earlier work of Booth earned him a close points decision.
There are big tests coming up this weekend for some of the club’s senior stars.
Three-time Derbyshire super heavyweight champion Jake Harrison is through to the East Midland final of the National Novice Championship and will face Richard Tindall of Retford at Mansfield .
Harrison, 22, is in good shape but will face a tough test from the Nottinghamshire champion.
Fly weight Jamie Williams, 21, will also face a tough night when he tackles previous victim Aaron Hubery on away territory in Newcastle.
Williams, who was recently rated at number seven in the country by the Boxing News rankings, beat ‘The Wasp’ on the Trinity tournament last season but Hubery as since won a national title and will be determined to put the record straight .
Club captain Russ Henshaw gets another chance to box at international level when he will represent an England team taking on Australia team on their tour of the UK.
Heavyweight Henshaw, 28, will need to be in top form when he takes on the Australian heavyweight at the Hull Arena on Saturday but will be buoyed by his recent number eight ranking in the country and will be ready to make a statement that will move him up the ranking.
The Trinity dinner-boxing promotion at Pride Park next Friday (Nov 2) is now a complete sell-out.