PICTURES: Rob Squires a unanimous winner as Barum Boxing Club host home show
PUBLISHED: 11:12 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:16 10 March 2018
Barum Boxing Club put on an action-packed home show at Petroc on Saturday night.
Nine Barum boxers took to the ring in the 18-bout show, with promising performances from the club’s young and experienced alike.
The last of them to step into the ring was Rob Squires, whose bout against Woking’s Danny Williams topped the bill.
Squires, a former England youth champion, showed his class over the three rounds on the way to a unanimous victory.
The Barum boxer’s left did most of the damage against Williams, with Squires’ hook landing well in the latter parts of the opening rounds and into the second.
He opened up even more in the latter stages, putting on a performance the home crowd would thoroughly enjoy.
It was a welcome win after three of the home club’s seniors fell just short of victory.
Jordan Jones was on the wrong end of a split decision after the tightest of contests with Wessex’s Kyle D’Arcy.
Jones had kept things tidy throughout, hitting with two-punch combinations throughout, but D’Arcy worked hard in the final round to get the judges’ verdict.
Nick Forrest was also on the wrong end of a split decision, losing to Torbay’s Niall Andrei Cabiong.
Forrest started on the back foot, and couldn’t quite find a way in under Cabiong’s superior range in the opening round.
Barton Hill’s Sam Little picked up a win over Barum’s Kai Avery.
Avery got low and worked the body in the early exchanges but Little’s range was a big factor, with the Barton Hill boxer using it to full advantage and forcing a couple of standing eight counts for the Barum boxer.
Junior Aiden Friendship put in an assured performance against Langwith’s Curtis Niehol.
Friendship started at full throttle, getting in close and landing combinations to the body and head in the opening round and giving his opponent a bloody nose.
He controlled the fight after that, using a range of shots to keep his opponent at bay and forcing a standing eight count in the second round.
Barum’s youngsters showed plenty of promise earlier in the night.
Jackson Passmore boxed well to get a unanimous win over Bodmin’s Ben Crowley.
Harriet Lane worked hard over three rounds against Rourkey’s Lily Deacon, but was on the wrong end of a split decision.
Hickson Bishop and Nikki Patterson both showed plenty of promise in skills bouts.