Sam’s the star of the show at Trinity’s fight night

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Trinity ABC fighters excelled on a memorable night for the club at the iPro Stadium in Derby on Friday.

The top of the bill bout saw Sam Patchitt win a convincing unanimous points decision over David Jenkins of Swadlincote to claim the vacant Derbyshire light middleweight Challenge Belt.

The sell-out crowd for this dinner/boxing event were treated to an all-action finale which brought them to their feet as they cheered on both boxers in a pulsating bout.

Patchitt controlled the bout at range with his long, solid left jab and used his feet well to find range for his punches but Jenkins was competitive throughout which added to the spectacle of what had been an outstanding night’s entertainment.

This bout was also awarded best bout of the night award, but several more were in contention.

Middleweight Kyle Hughes picked up his second win inside a week with a determined display against Craig Apps of Northampton that provided great entertainment to a noisy crowd.

Hughes dominated from the start and his all-action style pleased his army of fans .

Promising heavyweight prospect Daniel Desachy was a convincing winner over Saleem Naseem of Charnwood whilst Jack Harrison was always in control of his super heavyweight bout with Christian Kinsiona of Sheffield and took a deserved unanimous decision .

The youth boxers were all outstanding and promised much for the club’s future.

Macauley Cartwright bounced back in style from his setback last week and gained a creditable scalp when defeating Kyle Shirley of Wednesbury.

Cartwright had to dig deep but found all the answers to secure a deserved victory.

Jordan Lewis put in a tremendous effort against Callum Hill of Beartown but the Staffordshire boxer just nicked a split decision.

Derbyshire light welterweight belt holder Haydon Clarke was another to gain a highly-prized scalp when he fought back well to take a close decision over highly rated Droitwich star Stevie Smith.

Smith had the better of the opening round but Clarke’s class and determination came through as he edged in front and then pulled away in the last round.

This performance earned the exciting prospect the Ralph Smitheringale Trophy for best Trinity boxer of the night.

Junior star Loui Hemstock was also on top form and gave an outstanding exhibition of accurate counter punching to take a clear decision over Beartown’s George Frost.

There was an encouraging debut for Luke Bickley who was unlucky to miss out on a split decision to Roman Price of Bolsover, but Trinity’s coaches believe his time will come if he continues to perform with the same enthusiasm.

There was also a close split decision against Joel Pickering who gave everything against Kane Pickard of Bulwell Hall and an exciting show opener between Kieran Yourston and Jimmy Connors of Willenhall.

The schoolboy pair fought their hearts out and set up the crowd for a memorable night. Connors taking the unanimous decision.

Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This event was a great night for the club to showcase the developing talent in a fantastic arena for both boxers and supporters.

“It was also a great opportunity for the Ilkeston fans to support the club and to meet up again with old freinds, many of whom had been clubmates during Trinity’s 39-year history.

“Well done to all the boxers on a brilliant night for the club.”