Trinity’s Zak maintains record in tough fight

Zak Smedley
Zak Smedley

Trinity middleweight Zak Smedley continued his prepartion for a home debut at the Festival Inn next week with a fine win over Chesterfield’s Dave Hodgkiss at the weekend.

Smedley, 18, retained his unbeaten record after a tough fight with 20-year-old Hodgkiss at the Genesis Centre in Alfreton.

The young Trinity star was always one step ahead of the strong Chesterfield man and caught him with solid punches in the early exchanges to open up a good lead.

Smedley kept up the pressure throughout, leading off with his jab and following up with solid shots on the ropes, but Hodgkiss fought back well and made Smedley fight to the final bell to get his close but unanimous points decision.

Junior star Loui Hemstock had a big week leading up to his latest bout on the Alfreton bill.

After winning at Pride Park the week before, 12-year-old Hemstock also received the club’s Boxer of the Month award for February and continued his good form against Charlie Pearson of South Normanton.

This time though Hemstock missed out on a very close decision but the performance against a very tough opponent was encouraging for the future.

l Trinity boxers will be out in force for their next tournament at the Festival Inn, Trowell a week on Friday (16th)

Ilkeston boxing fans will be in for a treat with the added spice of the Derbyshire Junior Championship finals also on the bill.

Trinity will have a big part to play in this as Haydon Clarke will strive to continue his unbeaten run in a green vest when he boxes a Derbyshire final against Thomas Molloy of Derby.

Super heavyweight Jake Harrison will also be in action when he takes on local rival Sean Slater of Nottingham.

This fight between these two big men is sure to capture the imagination of Ilkeston boxing fans as Harrison, 21, now ranked at number three in the Midlands at his weight, takes on an experienced man on the comeback trail determined to make a statement.

Heavyweight Russ Henshaw, 27, and flyweight Jamie Williams, 21, will see Championship action this weekend in Coventry but both are matched for the Trinity show and will be determined to impress the Ilkeston fans.

Williams will box a Derbyshire challenge belt bout against Connar Blackshaw of Derby and Henshaw will be doing his best to take the unbeaten record of Richard Labourn of Bradford.

It will also a big night for the rest of the talented trinity squad.

Kyle Hughes will face a big challenge from Josh Copper of Tamworth, and light heavyweight Jamie Chatburn makes a return after a break and is in good shape.

There will also be a debut for super heavyweight Jack Harrison.

Junior stars Jordan Lewis, Lewis Doyle and Loui Hemstock will also be in action along with female national champion Chloe Hemstock, who will take on Maria Markowska of London.

There will also be a home debut for exciting schoolboy prospect Ewan Shaw.

Tickets for this event are now available from club leader Scott Rafferty by phoning 079 5656 5582 or emailing