Trinity ABC boxers Jordan Lewis and Macauley Cartwright gave put in courageous efforts in the National Youth Championships on Friday at the Forest Town Arena in Mansfield.
But both were eliminated from this year’s competition at the East Midland semi-final stage by experienced, quality opponents after giving their all.
Both Trinity youngsters expected to come up against top fighters in this elite competition and in fact faced international boxers in their first encounters.
First up in the welterweight division, Cartwright faced last year’s national finalist Ben Fail of the Far Cotton club in Northampton and gave as good as he got in the first round.
Fail made the running but Cartwright replied to every attack and looked to be well in the fight before a big attack in the second round by Fail left the Trinity man with a bad injury to his nose and after a standing count by the referee the bout was ended.
Although the Trinity boxer protested the referee had made the right decision, although at no point was the Trinity star outclassed by his more experienced opponent.
Up at middleweight, Lewis was drawn against two time national champion and England international James Richardson of Scunthorpe and despite the England man’s reputation Lewis saw this bout as a big challenge and fired in big punches to head and body.
Despite missing out on the unanimous decision Lewis had put up a fantastic challenge and can be proud of his performance.
Richardson did score with quality punches and deservedly took the decision but he knew he had been in a tough fight and the experience will be invaluable to Lewis as he continues to make progress.
Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “Both lads prepared well and gave everything. They both met very good opponents and did themselves and the club proud.”
Ilkeston boxing fans will get a chance to see the club’s stars in action on their next promotion at the Festival Inn , Trowell on Friday 20th March.
A full programme of boxing featuring a Trinity boxer in each of the 12 bouts will be eagerly contested with boxers from around the country.
Two Central England belt bouts will be contested on what looks set to be an enthralling night’s entertainment.
Tickets are now on sale costing £15 for adults and £5 for under 16s.
For more information contact Scott Rafferty on 079 5656 5582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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