String of Bridge winners at the club’s own show
Five out of the six Hebden Bridge ABC’s boxers were successful on the club’s first show of the season at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.
Oliver and George Standring, Kurtis Elder, Tiyyeb Ali Saab and Joe Kidder all won while Mathew Crouch, who lives down the Calder Valley, provided more local success in the colours of Halifax Police BC.
Crouch, 15, faced James Price, who had knocked out his four previous opponents. However, Price met his match in unanimous victor Crouch.
The only disappointment was a debut defeat for senior Dave Copping, who was stopped in the second by Nick Dale from the Jorvik club in York. Copping burnt himself out in the 77kg contest and took a standing count before the referee called a halt.
Oliver Standring, 10, took on Jimmy Johnson from the Gladiator club in Huddersfield and after a cracking contest they were declared joint winners of the skills bout.
Elder, 16, won a majority decision against an opponent from Moss Side BC, Manchester at 55kg.
George Standring, 13, won the junior boxer of the night trophy and improved an already impressive record after producing a masterclass against Andy Griffiths from Scarborough B, winning unanimously.
Tiyyeb Ali made it three wins out of three in spectacular fashion, knocking out Halifax Star’s Mohammed Ance in the first round of a 57kg seniors contest.
All eyes were then on Bridge’s Joe Kidder, making his comeback from injury in an 88kg contest against Rob Boardman from Ardwick BC, Manchester.
Kidder did not disappoint, winning unanimously and taking the senior fighter of the night trophy.
Luke Evans from Irlam BC in Salford won the best visiting boxer award after his victory in one of the most exciting of the 12 bouts which took place in front of a decent-sized crowd.