An East Midlands title could be heading for the Ilkeston-based Trinity Amateur Boxing Club after an impressive, unbeaten start to the new year by their fighters.
The belt-chasing boxer is junior star Michael Casey, who pulled off an outstanding victory in the East Midlands semi-finals of the National Cadet Championships at the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham.
Casey came up against Bryce Drury, of Stamford, who reached the semi-finals of the national stages last year. But he used his skill and agile movement to avoid the strong advances of the Lincolnshire boxer to score with accurate counter-punches.
He impressed throughout as he out-thought Drury and withstood a late onslaught with ease, moving in and out of distance and hitting his opponent with a big, late flurry of punches to take a deserved decision.
Casey now progresses to the East Midlands final, where he will box Kian Corssen, of Shepshed in Leicestershire.
Also making an impact on the Grantham bill was lightweight star Michael Bull, who made light work of Lincolnshire opponent Brad Brinkman.
After dominating the first round, a big left hand from his southpaw stance knocked Brinkman across the ring and forced him to take a standing count.
Early in the second round, the home fighter attempted to come back into the fight and landed a big right hand. But Bull reacted with contempt and battered Brinkman into the corner. The referee intervened to issue another count and when he also summoned the ringside doctor to examine the damage inflicted, the contest was stopped.
Another Trinity boxer to impress in the early weeks of 2016 is promising youth fighter Alex Testro, who extended his unbeaten record with a commanding performance to outbox Derbyshire’s Conner Snodden on a show put on by Bolsover Boxing Academy. Testro dominated from the start with solid punches and is looking a real prospect for the future.
More Trinity boxers will be in regular action over the next few months. The club have retained many local favourites who will feature in Trinity’s next promotion at the Festival Inn in Trowell on Friday, March 18. Tickets for this event can be bought or reserved by ringing Scott Rafferty on 07956 565582 or e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org