Laird triumphs in 50th bout at Barnstaple Amateur Boxing Club’s home show

PUBLISHED: 13:47 13 November 2017

Liam Laird beat Watchet's Liam Hoyle in his 50th bout for Barnstaple Amateur Boxing Club. Picture: Matt Smart

Liam Laird beat Watchet's Liam Hoyle in his 50th bout for Barnstaple Amateur Boxing Club. Picture: Matt Smart

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Laird was one of seven Barnstaple boxers on the bill at the Barnstaple Rugby Club show on Saturday evening.

Liam Laird beat Watchet's Liam Hoyle in his 50th bout for Barnstaple Amateur Boxing Club. Picture: Matt Smart Liam Laird beat Watchet's Liam Hoyle in his 50th bout for Barnstaple Amateur Boxing Club. Picture: Matt Smart

Barnstaple Amateur Boxing Club’s home show on Saturday was a memorable one for Liam Laird.

The Barnstaple boxer stepped into the ring for the club for the 50th time on Saturday night where he was a unanimous victor over Watchet’s Liam Hoyle.

Laird, who has racked up Devon and Western Counties titles at both junior and senior level since starting at the club in 2010, put in another solid performance against Hoyle.

Both fighters went out on the front foot from the off, but it was Laird who held the inside of the ring and worked hard to keep Hoyle at bay in the early stages.

The Watchet fighter gained a bit more momentum in the second round, but Laird upped the work rate in the final round, landing more shots to help him to the win.

Laird was one of three victorious Barnstaple fighters on the card on Saturday.

Chris Boyd picked up his first win for the club in an entertaining clash with National Smelting Co’s Owen Paddock.

In a fast-paced contest, Boyd had plenty of joy with straight shots, and despite slowing down towards the end of the contest, the Barnstaple boxer kept busy to pick up a unanimous win.

Troy Elworthy took on Gator ABC's Jamal Berleen. Picture: Matt Smart Troy Elworthy took on Gator ABC's Jamal Berleen. Picture: Matt Smart

Youngster Charlie Ludwell worked some good combinations in the opening exchanges of his unanimous win over Carl’s Boxing Stable’s Jack Miller.

In an impressive display, Ludwell shown quick hands, using his jab well and landing some big shots with his right hand to both the head and body.

Callum Spence and Troy Elworthy were both edged out of their bouts, suffering majority defeats.

Spence was quick out of the blocks against Kings Boxing Academy’s Josh Langford, landing a barrage of punches early on.

Chris Boyd v Owen Paddock of National Smelting Co. Picture: Matt Smart Chris Boyd v Owen Paddock of National Smelting Co. Picture: Matt Smart

Langford took charge of the bout in the second round though, and began landing more shots on Spence, eventually forcing a standing eight count in the final round.

Elworthy contested an evenly matched bout with Gator’s Jamal Berleen, with both fighters showing patience in the early exchanges.

The Barnstaple boxer’s combinations were effective, but Berleen was that bit busier throughout the three rounds to take the majority win.

Jed Davies was on the end of a unanimous defeat to Bude Academy’s Taylor Barber in a fast-paced bout that saw both fighters work hard across all three rounds.

Jed Davies took on Bude's Taylor Barber. Picture: Matt Smart Jed Davies took on Bude's Taylor Barber. Picture: Matt Smart

Barnstaple’s Billy Sheppard was also on the end of a unanimous defeat earlier in the evening, losing out to Malmesbury’s Kyle Bains.

Other results: Brandon Charnock (Launceston) beat Jack Taylor (Carl’s Boxing Stable) unanimous; Ed Orchard (Bude Academy) beat Brandon Zinn (Saltash) unanimous.

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