Trinity ABC boxers treated a full house at the Festival Inn to an action-packed evening of quality boxing last Friday night.
None more so than flyweight Jamie Williams, who moved up to bantamweight for the event and became the first ever Trinity boxer to win a Derbyshire ABA challenge belt.
There were also big wins for light heavyweight Jamie Chatburn, super heavyweight Jake Harrison, middleweight Kyle Hughes and a debut victory for 18-year-old super heavyweight Jack Harrison.
Williams, 20, gained revenge for a previous defeat to Conar Blackshaw of Derby with an outstanding display of skill, courage and determination.
The Trinity man scored with sharp fast punches and moved in and out of range to score and evade the Derby figther’s counters, putting together impressive combinations from all angles and moving with speed to attack with follow-up punches.
Blackshaw was guilty of coming into attack with his head down and holding when in close which forced the Trinity boxer to turn him to force him off, but this didn’t go down well with the referee who controversially deducted two points from Williams’ score with a public warning.
Despite this Williams remained focused and entertained an appreciative crowd as he took the coveted belt and also the Ralph Smitheringale Trophy for Outstanding Trinity Boxer.
The show started with an entertaining schoolboy bout between promising Trinity boxer Ewan Shaw, 12, and Nottingham’s John Connors of Kanghan Boxing Club.
Both lads showed plenty of promise to delight the enthusiastic fans before Connors was awarded a close but unanimous decision.
Female star Chloe Hemstock faced a tough task when facing Polish boxer Maria Markowska who represented London club, Hornchurch.
The bigger Polish girl started well with solid jabs but Hemstock, 15, came back well by putting good attacks together with fast punches hitting the target to take a good lead after the first round.
Hemstock started the second round well but Markowska closed the lead down as they entered the third and final round, where Markowska eventually took a close split decision.
Junior star Lewis Doyle gave Trinity their first win of the night with a hard-fought victory over Bulwell’s Callum Schofield.
Doyle, 15, had too much for Schofield and solid jabs were a big feature as he took a clear unanimous decision.
This proved to be the start of a landslide for Trinity boxers who finished with a flourish, winning the next five bouts in a row.
Jack Harrison made an impressive debut against Hampshire’s Isaac Hesbrook, landing heavy, straight punches to eventually ease to an excellet victory.
Fans were then treated to three Derbyshire ABA junior championship finals from which Trinity entry Haydon Clarke progressed with a bye before a thrilling finale was provided by the club’s senior stars.
Kyle Hughes, 21, produced a powerful display at middleweight to force a second round stoppage of Tamworth’s John Copper, while light heavyweight Jamie Chatburn, 28, took a clear decision after dominating against Abdul Ahmed of Wednesbury.
Super heavyweight star Jake Harrison ensured a family double to add to brother Jack’s success with a convincing victory over Sean Slater of Bulwell - sealing an impressive run of six consecutive victories in the process.
Jake was outweighed by the tough Nottingham man but scored well to open up a good lead after two rounds and pulled away with solid attacks in the last round to take a clear victory.
Club leader Scott Rafferty said: “All the boxers produced top class performances.
“They prepared well, assisted by a fantastic coaching team, and were ready to produce on the night to entertain and impress another good crowd at the Festival.”