Trinity Boxing Club had a day to remember on Sunday when all five entries into the National Development Championship in Leicester won their first fights in the competition.
This was the East Midlands regional round of what was formerly the National Novice Championships, and a large entry produced 22 bouts on a busy day at the New Parks Social Club for an event organised by the East Midlands ABA and hosted by the local Braunstone Boxing Club.
First up for Trinity was last year’s champion at light middleweight Sam Patchitt who is also the Derbyshire Challenge Belt holder.
With the light middleweight division having disappeared as the ABA fall into line with the world governing body, Patchitt has dropped down to welterweight.
Also gone are head guards for all senior boxers. This was the first time the Trinity fighters had boxed without them so preparation had also focused on this as they had to be aware of the risk of cuts from the opponents head and also strict refereeing as the man in the middle looked to protect both boxers.
Patchitt was strong in the division as his quarter-final opponent Stephen Sparham of the Power Gym,Ripley, was soon to find out.
Powerful straight punches put Patchitt in control in the first round as he hurt Sparham with solid combinations.
Patchitt kept it simple but stepped up the pace in the second round and two big attacks forced the referee to issue two standing counts. The second followed a massive left right combination and was enough to finish the fight.
Patchitt now moves into the East Midlands semi-final and will be looking to at least repeat last year’s achievement and take his second title.
Next up for Trinity was Marcus Creed at middleweight and he was also in determined mood and ended his fight even quicker, a barrage of unanswered punches inside the first minute having Sam Spooner of Bulwell Hall in trouble on the ropes, and as Creed continued his relentless assault Spooner slumped to the floor to be counted out by the referee inside a minute of the first round.
Also into the semi-finals is Sam Bates at light heavyweight after a tough encounter with another Bulwell man, Jordan Ringham.
Bates established a good lead with solid straight punches but he had to overcome a nasty cut over his left eye caused by a clash of heads .
Bates started to throw big shots in an effort to end the fight before his injury worsened, but it took a split decisino at the end of the bout to deem him the winner, two of the three judges awarding the fight to Bates and the other scoring a draw.
Dan Desachy moved into the heavyweight final with a convincing repeat win over Saleem Naseem of the Charnwood Elite Club in Leicester.
Desachy used solid straight punches to dominate the Leicester man but had to keep up a rapid work rate to keep the strong , determined Naseem at bay, eventually taking a deserved unanimous decision.
Also through to the finals at super heavyweight is Jack Harrison who scored a unanimous decision over Akeem Lemoth of Boston.
Harrison threw the more accurate and correct punches in a tough battle to take a deserved decision from the judges.
He got through with big punches to head and body and in the second round stunned the Boston man with a big right hand.
Lemoth was tough and determined but also crude and wild and the Trinity star was able to pick out solid punches to impress the judges.
Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This was a very proud day for the club. To achieve this with the cream of the region’s boxers, clubs and officials in attendance was very pleasing.
“The boxers have all put in tremendous effort with their preperation in the gym, on the roads and with their approach to the challenge.
“This is just the start of a long journey but they all have the potential to make progress in the competition.”