Belt changes hands as local boxer gains revenge over rival, and Trinity youngsters impress

Jack Hutsby and Sam Bates
Jack Hutsby and Sam Bates

Aldercar and Langley Mill boxer Jack Hutsby gained revenge on Trinity light heavyweight star Sam Bates to reclaim the Derbyshire Elite Challenge belt.

Hutsby took a close points decision to take the title he had lost a week prior to the Trinity show, in front of his home fans.

Brendan and Saskia McCormack

Brendan and Saskia McCormack

Bates seemed to be taking a good lead in the first round, before getting caught wih a big right hand over his low left hand guard and going down to take a brief count.

The home fighter then showed outstanding courage as he battled in the second round, and and in the final round he again pushed Hutsby back as he tried to retain his belt,

But Hutsby boxed well behind his solid left jab to edge the judges’ decision.

Trinity welterweight Macauly Cartwright celebrated his 18th birthday in style by taking the Ralph Smitheringale Memorial Trophy for the outstanding performance on the promotion.

As the clock ticked over at midnight he turned 18 and shortly after was announced as winner of the prestigious award, for his display in his victory over top Yorkshire prospect George Davey.

The man from the city of York came with an impressive record, with only one defeat in his 15 fights, but Cartwright used his extra experience to outbox his opponent and take a clear decision.

There was also impressive performances from young Trinity stars Brendan and Saskia McCormack, although the duo emerged with differing results.

Brendan gained his second win in a week with a close but deserved victory over Josh Taylor of Buxton.

The Trinity youngster opened up a good lead in the first two rounds but Taylor came back well in the final round to force the judges to make a close decision.

Sakia had been unlucky a week earlier against Rotherham’s Alicia Cresswell and again pushed her Yorkshire opponent close before missing out on a close decision.

Trinity welterweight Jordan Lewis claimed an impressive points victory over Chesterfield’s Drew Douglas on the Festival promotion.

Lewis made the running throughout, standing strong in front of his opponent and countering with solid punches.

Douglas was busy and used his jab well but most fell short or were blocked and the Trinity man picked his shots well to take a popular and deserved victory.

Trinity boxing club founder Danny Rafferty was honoured by the current squad as the club celebrated its 40th anniversary tournament.

Rafferty founded the Ilkeston club at the Holy Trinity Church on Cotmanhay Road in 1975 along with his brother John Rafferty.

Trinity captain Kyle Hughes was on hand to make the presentation on behalf of the club.

Debutant Alex Testro made an outstanding debut when taking a clear decision over Royal Oak boxer Warren Hancock.