Trinity ABC boxers entertained another good crowd at the Festival Inn, Trowell, on Friday night with some outstanding performances.
Nine of the club’s boxers were in action alongside elite championship bouts that boosted the bill to 16 fights and added more quality to an already impressive schedule.
Trinity’s national welterweight champion Sam Patchitt extended his unbeaten run to ten bouts when defending his Derbyshire light middleweight challenge belt against Brad Park of Swadlincote club South Derbyshire Boxing Academy.
Park came to challenge and never stopped trying but the Trinity man’s accurate punches and elusive movement gave him a clear and deserved unanimous points victory and also the Ralph Smitheringale Cup, presented to the outstanding Trinity boxer.
Trinity light heavyweight Sam Bates faced another national champion in Mali Wright of the Tigers club in Leeds.
The Yorkshire man came with a big reputation and an undefeated record but Bates saw it as a big opportunity and was determined to test himself against one of the best in the country.
Bates unloaded big punches in the first round and imposed himself but a big shot from Wright near the end of the round forced a standing count.
Bates continued to apply pressure in the second but Wright worked well on the counter and made it a close round, before in the third Bates unloaded big punches in a thrilling finish.
The bout was close but the verdict went to Wright by split decision and the fight was voted best of the night.
The evening started with a debut victory for Trinity schoolboy prospect Shay Molloy in a close bout with Harrison Oakland of Aldercar & Langley Mill.
A second victory followed for Trinity when Mitchell Tait of Bulwell Hall was forced to retire after the second round against Charlie Wilson to give him his second win in two contests.
East Midland junior champion Loui Hemstock dominated against determined southpaw Ryan Ducker of Cambridge to take a unanimous points win, but there was disappointment for brothers Michael and John Casey in their junior bouts despite both producing quality performances.
Michael faced Rugeley boxer Oliver Cooper and competed all the way through but the Staffordshire fighter took a close unanimous decision.
John was unlucky to finish on the wrong end of a split decision against James Ling of the Empire Boxing Club having dominated the first round of his debut using good movement and quality punches to build a good lead, but Ling always showed determination and eventually got the nod.
Michael Bull was impressive in taking a deserved decision against Calum Green of the Bracebridge club in Lincoln, while in another crowd-pleasing bout, light welterweight Paul Bryce scored a deserved and hard-fought win over Hongbo Wei of Nottingham University.
There was, however, disappointment for the assembled crowd when favourites Kyle Hughes, Macauley Cartwright and Brendan McCormack did not appear because of late pull-outs by their opponents.