Trinity ABC boxers have maintained their recent run of form with some impressive performances over the last week.
That included a stand-out display from club captain Russ Henshaw in Norwich as the three-time Derbyshire heavyweight champion travelled to take on local manJames Collins.
Henshaw recorded a convincing victory against a man ranked higher the national rankings, and that will send out a warning to all other heavyweights in the top ten ahead of the ABA championships which start after Christmas.
Henshaw, 28, currently ranked number eight in the country, took charge from the first bell, out-jabbing and putting pressure on his taller opponent.
The Trinity star was in charge throughout, ripping in powerful punches to take a convincing points victory.
Three of the club’s more recent squad members impressed on the Aldercar & Langley Mill tournament at Shipley WMC.
Josh Tomlin, 15, in only his second bout, gave a master class in technique to beat Chesterfield’s Jake Bettany using powerful punches and an impressive left hook to run out a clear winner.
Light heavyweight Sam Bates, 19, followed up his debut victory less than a week earlier with a close but deserved win over Derby’s 27-year-old Paul Calladine.
Calladine gained an early lead but the Trinity prospect started to pick his punches midway through the second round and eventually, after a strong third round, Bates was able to take a split decision.
There was also a winning debut for 20-year-old light middleweight Sam Pattchitt, who faced Tom Creed of Newark and ran out a convincing victor.
Patchitt was in command throughout to take a clear points win that sets him out on the road to what could be a very exciting career in the boxing ring.
Meanwhile, a return bout from Trinity’s Pride Park promotion saw schoolboy star Loui Hemstock travel to Walsall to face local lad Lewis Green.
Hemstock, 13, had already taken a convincing victory at Pride Park and went even better in this eagerly-awaited return, producing some outstanding boxing skills to take a clear decision.
That was largely thanks to an outstanding third round that was the best round of boxing in his short career as he hit the target with solid jabs and forced his opponent to the ropes where he opened up with solid attacks to seal a convincing victory.
On the same bill, John Langley, 16, moved up in class to take on Karim Khan of the host club and despite Khan making the better start, Langley came back well with fast punches and scoring well.
But ultimately Khan did enough to take the decision despite Langley’s fine effort in the final round.