Trinity ABC’s light middleweight Sam Patchitt is the new East Midland ABA novice champion after an epic battle with Nottingham’s Stanley Stannard at the Clifton Entertainment Centre.
Patchitt boxed the perfect fight to out-point and out-punch the aggressive Benny’s Boxing Club man who was cheered on by a partisan crowd on the club’s own bill, with Patchitt also inflicting the first defeat on Stannard’s record.
Patchitt started well, catching Stannard with solid jabs as he advanced and followed up with powerful right hands through the southpaw’s defence.
The Nottingham lad came back well in the second round pushing the Trinity man back, but Patchitt dug deep in the last round to score with telling blows and secure a split decision that takes him through to the national quarter final.
Club coach Scott Rafferty said: “The bout was close but Sam fully deserved the decision and must also be congratulated for going into the other man’s territory to gain his victory.”
Meanwhile, Trinity’s squad of boxers are ready to go on tomorrow’s (Friday) fight night at the Festival Inn, Trowell.
All are in for a tough night but all are well prepared and raring to go.
Scott Rafferty said: “Ilkeston fight fans can make a big difference with their level of support for the Trinity lads.
“Tickets have sold well with a few remaining but if you are already booked in for what promises to be an outstanding night’s entertainment you are encouraged to get behind all the Trinity boxers to try and give them the edge in what are all very closley-matched contests.”
Top of the bill bouts include Haydon Clarke defending his Derbyshire ABA light welterweight challenge belt against the man he won it against, Adam Sircar of Buxton.
Their first match was such a good fight the Derbyshire ABA sanctioned an immediate return and Clarke gets the chance to show his outstanding skills to his home fans.
Crowd favourite Russ Henshaw also has a mouth-watering fight when he takes on highley-rated Joel Ducile of Birmingham.
The Trinity club captain is well up for this challenge as he continues to make progress up the heavyweight national rankings.
For more information contact Scott Rafferty on 079 5656 55 82.