Trinity boxers again provided a sell-out crowd at the Festival Inn with outstanding entertainment last weekend.
Club captain Russ Henshaw sent the fans home happy after a courageous battle with Birmingham super heavyweight Joel Ducile that saw the Trinity star overcome height and weight disadvantage to claim a popular victory.
The packed house at the Festival had already witnessed an outstanding programme of boxing and were treated to a magnificent finale as Henshaw fought with great determination to overcome the natural advantages of the skilful former national champion.
Ducile used his powerful jab to try and keep the Trinity skipper at bay, but Henshaw would not be dominated and landed big hurtful punches on the Birmingham man.
Henshaw kept up the pressure throughout, hardly taking a backward step and working hard for a big victory against one of the country’s top super heavyweights, a division up from his own natural fighting weight.
This hard-fought battle deservedly earned the bout of the night award.
Earlier Derbyshire light welterweight belt holder Haydon Clarke successfully defended his title with a skilful display against Buxton challenger Adam Sircar.
The Buxton man came out in determined fashion but the speed and skill of the young Trinity star picked up eye catching points.
Clarke worked well with fast counter punches and was never in trouble as he put the first notch on the coveted Derbyshire belt.
Welterweight Jake Trueman claimed the Ralph Smitheringale Trophy for best Trinity boxer of the night for his relentless effort against Jack Evans of Wednesbury.
The pair shared a crowd pleasing battle that saw the Trinity man use an excellent jab to pick up points and a big heart to go into battle when required.
Derbyshire schoolboy champion Loui Hemstock claimed the first Trinity win of the evening on the 12 bout bill with a skilful and dominant performance over Josh Taylor of Buxton.
Both lads showed much improvement since their last meeting and it was the Trinity lad’s determination that was the deciding factor.
There were several quality performances from the Trinity squad on a show that saw the Ilkeston club claim six victories.
Kieran Yourston and Joel Pickering both showed plenty of promise despite losing out on close decisions and Lewis Doyle missed out on his return with previous victim Callum Schofield of Bulwell but Macauley Cartwright was outstanding in his victory over Charlie Lee of Northampton.
Middleweight Kyle Hughes gave his all in his bout with Birmingham’s Michael Boulton and came away with a deserved victory.
Also in the senior ranks light welterweight John Langley looked unlucky not to get his arm raised against Aston’s George Taylor.
There were also entertaining hard-fought bouts featuring Callum Perrott at middleweight and at light heavy Sam Bates, both Trinity lads giving there all but going down to points defeats.