Trinity ABC’s Russ Henshaw once again met fire with fire in Birmingham on Saturday night and emerged triumphant after a truly outstanding battle with local man Thomas Harnett.
The Trinity captain was always the more accomplished and polished boxer of the two but he proved he could dig deep and go into the trenches when required against the rugged Birmingham battler.
Harnett came with an hardman reputation that had seen him sweep most of his opponents aside before the final bell, but he soon realised he had to respect the power and accuracy of the Trinity man’s punches.
Henshaw easily avoided the wild swings that had accounted for many of Harnett’s previous opponents and replied with solid straight punches that stopped the Birmingham man in his tracks.
Henshaw picked his punches well and set up his own attacks that put Harnett on the back foot and when his opponent tried to reply, Henshaw picked up the pace and the intensity and drove him backwards, scoring with solid punches.
A series of body punches ripped into the ribs as Henshaw piled on the pressure and after two rounds of the 3 x 3 elite distance contest Henshaw was well in front, although the tiring Harnett was still determined as the third round started.
A big attack in the final round caused the referee to issue a standing count to the Birmingham man and the follow up body attacks saw off any final resistance as the Trinity star started to unload punishing combinations .
A powerful short right upper cut just before the final bell sealed a fine performance and continued the Trinity skipper’s winning start to the season.
This bill-topping contest was later declared outstanding bout of the night.
Meanwhile, Trinity’s Daniel Desachy made a winning debut on the Birmingham bill on Saturday, taking an emphatic unanimous points decision over the promoting club’s Simon Bryant.
Desachy boxed with confidence and executed all the basics well against a tall and determined opponent.
The Trinity man used an excellent left jab to take control of the fight and followed up with solid straight right hands when he had the opportunity.
Bryant was always difficult to pin down as he tried to use his long reach to keep the fight at long range, but a crippling left hook to the body in the second round from the Trinity man changed the fight.
From here on the local man was intent on surviving and the young Trinity star started to dominate.
To his credit, Desachy did not lose sight of the objective, to win the fight, and boxed with great composure to take a clear decision.