Sam ends season in style with fine win

Sam Bates (right) is pictured after his bout in South Normanton.
Sam Bates (right) is pictured after his bout in South Normanton.

Trinity ABC’s Sam Bates ended his season in style on Friday night with victory in South Normanton.

Two big left hooks dropped home town opponent Lee Farndale twice in the first round to force an impressive stoppage victory at the Post Mill Centre.

Bates settled down quickly behind his solid left jab which the shorter, stocky heavyweight from South Normanton struggled to get past.

Farndale tried to use body movement to get inside the reach of the Trinity man but ran into a left hook that sent him to the canvas.

Bates picked his punches well when the action resumed and Farndale was again in trouble from a solid combination, ending with another big left hook which dropped the local man for another count.

Although Farndale got up before the count reached ten, the referee continued to count and stopped the contest to save Farndale further punishment.

Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This was an impressive performance from Sam, one that he has promised for a while now.

“He continues to improve and will be sure to be a force in the new season.”

Meanwhile, Trinity junior star Loui Hemstock gave a determined effort in his East Midland final with Chesterfield boxer Nico Leivars at the St George promotion in Hucknall but missed out on a unanimous points decision to the talented Spire boxer.

Hemstock knew he would be in for a tough night but he stepped up to the challenge and gave a performance to be proud of.

Leivars was sharp with fast hands but Hemstock was not intimidated and grew into the battle, gaining confidence as the bout progressed.

Hemstock landed plenty of solid punches but Leivars’ greater workrate and accuracy edged each round.

Scott Rafferty said: “This was a creditable performance against a very talented boxer and as well as being a great experience for Loui it was also a good measure of his improvement that he gave the Chesterfield boxer such a tough battle.”

In other Trinity news, super heavyweight star Jake Harrison has entered the national rankings for the first time officially.

The Boxing News-compiled rankings list Harrison at number six in the country after his impressive run in the elite open England Boxing Championships, in which he made the national quarter-final.

Next in Harrison’s sights is GB boxer Frazer Clarke of Burton, ranked number two, with the hope being a fight can be arranged for the new season.

Trinity boxing club were also well represented on the final Derbyshire Elite squad of the season at the Merlin gym in Derby on Sunday.

Trinity boxers make up a large part of the squad and all benefited from some top class sparring.

Senior boxers Jake Harrison, Jack Harrison , Kyle Hughes, Sam Bates and Sam Patchitt were all there along with junior stars Jordan Lewis and Loui Hemstock.