PICTURES: Barum Boxing seniors put in winning performances at club’s first home show

PUBLISHED: 11:01 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 01 May 2017

Barum's Joe Freeman takes on Lewis Scott of Sydenham. Picture: Matt Smart

Barum's Joe Freeman takes on Lewis Scott of Sydenham. Picture: Matt Smart

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Barum held their first ever home show on Saturday at Petroc

Barum Boxing Club held their first ever home show on Saturday evening at Barnstaple’s Petroc Sports Hall.

The club, which was founded in September last year, had six fighters in the ring.

Topping the bill was Joe Freeman, who battled to a split decision win over Sydenham’s Lewis Scott.

Barum's Joe Freeman takes on Lewis Scott of Sydenham. Picture: Matt Smart Barum's Joe Freeman takes on Lewis Scott of Sydenham. Picture: Matt Smart

Backed by a huge home crowd, Freeman started patiently and waited for his opportunities.

When he opened up a cut above Scott’s left eye, referee Tony Cloak stopped the fight for the Sydenham man to receive treatment, and when the fight resumed Freeman upped the pace with flurries of punches.

As the fight developed, Freeman found joy with the upper-cut, but looked vulnerable to the counter-punch and allowed Scott to get back into the bout.

Barum Boxing's Liam Hawkins v Stuart Allan of Bideford ABC. Picture: Matt Smart Barum Boxing's Liam Hawkins v Stuart Allan of Bideford ABC. Picture: Matt Smart

The fight of the night preceded the headliners, as Barum’s Liam Hawkins took on Bideford’s Stuart Allan.

Allan, in his first fight, went out all guns blazing and spent most of the bout on the front foot, but was caught repeatedly with Hawkins’ right hand.

It was the Barum boxer’s right that sent Allan to the canvas late in the first round, but the Bideford man got back on his feet.

Barum Boxing's Liam Hawkins v Stuart Allan of Bideford ABC. Picture: Matt Smart Barum Boxing's Liam Hawkins v Stuart Allan of Bideford ABC. Picture: Matt Smart

Despite the knock-down, Allan continued to go after Hawkins, and as the fight went on both were looking for the knock-out blow.

Although the pace slowed in the third, the two put on a hugely entertaining clash, which saw Hawkins win by a split decision.

Barum’s junior fighter Aiden Friendship took on Wellington Boxing Academy’s Shayann Hussain earlier in the evening.

Barum Boxing's Aiden Friendship takes on Wellington Boxing Academy's Shayann Hussain. Picture: Matt Smart Barum Boxing's Aiden Friendship takes on Wellington Boxing Academy's Shayann Hussain. Picture: Matt Smart

Both fighters were evenly matched in the first, but Friendship lost ground in the second. His opponent knew he had done enough by the end of the third round.

Schoolboy Connor Woods took Barum’s fighter of the evening after a spirited performance against Martin Mongans of Ardwick Lads ABC, but found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision.

The evening kicked off with Barum’s Ben Miles, Harriet Lane and Bideford’s Hayden Harris each gaining valuable experience in their own respective skills bouts.

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