TRINITY ABC boxers continued their recent good form with an impressive double win last weekend.
Club captain and heavyweight Russ Henshaw travelled to County Durham at very late notice to top the bill against the local hero whileHaydon Clarke delighted the fans at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton in a top quality junior bout.
Former national champion Henshaw, 27, took his bout with less than 24 hours’ notice against Simon Pendleton at the Lamp Light Arts Centre in Stanley, County Durham.
The late call was not the only disadvantage for the Trinity star, who had only been back in training for two weeks following an illness.
Pendleton was a full=blown super heavyweight so Henshaw was conceding several kilos in body weight, but with his pedigree the Trinity camp thought their man was up to the job and he proved them right with a quality performance that also earned him the Outstanding Boxer award.
The taller Pendleton was eager to impress his local fans but found it hard to impose his weight advantage as Henshaw moved in and out well to land his punches.
Henshaw hit early with solid body shots that slowed the local man down but Pendleton tried to lean on, using his weight to stop Henshaw working.
Ever the warrior, Henshaw responded well, turning his man on the ropes and firing solid straight punches to build up the lead.
It was a very tough bout appreciated by the noisy local fans but the Trinity man’s class showed in the last round as fast combinations hit the target with ease as he pulled away to take a clear but hard-earned decision.
Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This was a great achievement for Russ. He is in training for an important fight and we looked at this as part of his preparation.
“The match was never going to be easy, especially at such short notice and conceding a big chunk in natural weight, but Russ has special qualities that have already made him a champion and once again he delivered.”
Haydon Clarke was returning quickly from a disappointing defeat in the Midland Junior ABA final and soon put that behind him with another quality performance.
Opponent Noel Gilbert of Leicester club Earl Shilton was a busy boxer but Clarke, 16, delivered the quality punches to take a deserved decision.
l Both boxers will still look forward to more action before the close of a busy and successful season.
Clarke will be action in Birmingham later in May and once again Henshaw will step up for an international challenge when he represents an England select team against Sweden in sheffield on May 23.
The Trinity captain was recently part of a five-man call up for the club from Derbyshire Amateur Boxing Association, with the county team setting out big plans under new coach Robbie Sivyer and Trinity having had more call-ups than any other club in Derbyshire.
Bantamweight belt holder Jamie Williams, super heavyweight Jake Harrison, light heavyweight Jamie Chatburn and middleweight Kyle Hughes were selected to be part of the new squad and will be led by their club captain Russ Henshaw who was also appointed the new Derbyshire ABA county captain.
l Trinity ABC will be taking new members on Tuesday, May 15 at the club gym on Critchley Street, Ilkeston. The start time is 6.45pm.
Anyone wishing to attend the beginners sessions should contact club leader Scott Rafferty to secure a place on 079 5656 55 82 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.