Nine boxers from Newark Amateur Boxing Club took to the ring on The Home Show 3
Nine young fighters from Newark Amateur Boxing Club lined up to showcase their skills on The Home Show 3, but it was debutant Tom Watkins who took the excitement levels to a new high.
A couple of weeks before his 19th birthday and only a few months into his boxing journey, Watkins was in the ring at Farndon Memorial Hall for his first bout as he went head-to-head with Louie Corrigan, from Westway ABC.
The first round was closely contested as Watkins used his strengths to land some sweet shots on his opponent.
In the second, both boxers were throwing more big shots, one of which caught Watkins, who took a knee as he put his hand down to steady himself.
Still down, he was hit by a controversial illegal punch but despite this he got back to his feet and went on to dominate the final round.
“Since he joined Newark ABC, Tom has it very clear how much he loves boxing and it certainly showed over those three rounds,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.
“His determination shone through from start to finish and to pick himself up and keep pushing forward after such adversity in his first fight shows that he is a very special prospect.
“Although he didn’t get the decision, he was declared Fighter of the Night, an award well worth winning as the choice was made by Newark’s own professional boxer, Chad Sugden.”
The card started with Alfie Briggs-Price, who fought in a skills bout against the City of Leicester ABC’s Marshall Price.
The Newark 12-year-old took control and opened the show with a home victory.
Up next, and boxing Paul Smith from Skegness ABC, was Deivids Paulauskas.
Paulauskas started sharp, throwing good combinations, which forced to the referee stop the contest at the end of the first round.
Debutant Lauren Workman followed against Lyla Bardauskas, of Crowle Boxing Club.
The referee again called for a stoppage in the first round, a decision the Newark corner and crowd felt was premature and unfair as Workman lost the bout.
Sam Hardy followed and defended his unbeaten record as he faced Langwith ABC’s Keegan Gibbons.
Hardy was pushed very close in the first two rounds but the Newark showman fought back and mixed up his punches with body and head shots.
Ahead of the third, instructions from the corner were clear, win the last round big.
He did just that and, after controlling the round and even giving Gibbon a standing count, Hardy took the win by a unanimous decision.
Another beginning her boxing journey followed Hardy as Chloe Davies made her debut against Sophie Wreford, from City of Hull ABC.
Although the decision went to her opponent, Davies showed good head movement in the contest and her camp said she has a bright future in her chosen discipline.
Returning to take on Bray Cobb, from New Saints ABC, was 15-year-old Mac O’Brian, who showed the Newark crowd just how much he has improved.
He controlled the contest and stopped his opponent to take the win.
The next bout saw another debutant for Newark as Alfie Smith, a boxer with a natural fighting mentality went up against New Saints ABC’s Jack Lovesey.
Smith demonstrated good technical skills and, although the decision went to his opponent, his camp said he can take away a lot of positives from the contest.
The final Newark boxer on the card was 23-year-old Connor Meanwell, up against Milo Josef Balsamic, from Jawaid Khaliq BA.
Meanwell’s strong body shots and fast combinations were the recipe for his success, earning him a unanimous decision win.
“Another great night for fighters and fans alike, and a fitting way to end a year which has seen three fantastic Home Shows for Newark ABC,” said Dean.
“Thanks to all the other fighters and their supporters who travelled to Newark for the event, to all of the sponsors and, last but by no means least, to all our local families, friends and fight fans who came out to cheer on our young boxers.
“We look forward to seeing you early in 2019 for the next one.”