Bideford boxers in Birmingham

Joseph Bulmer

THREE Bideford boxers travelled to Birmingham for a tournament at Hall Green ABC, but despite good performances all suffered defeat.

Ben Owen topped the bill, facing Birmingham favourite Aktor Akolou, the current British novice champion.

Owen rose to the challenge with a career best performance. The Birmingham boxer tried to get combinations off from the bell, but was left hitting thin air by Owen’s impressive movement. The Bideford man came back with some big counters in the opening round, rocking his opponent. He grew in confidence, first to the jab and following up with big combinations.

In the fourth and final round Owen picked some lovely shots. But the judges saw it differently than many in the room and awarded the decision to the Birmingham boxer.

Ricky Dymond was on the wrong end of a tight majority decision against unbeaten Welsh boxer Connor Birch.

Birch came out strong, but Dymond didn’t let him have it all his own way and made a real fight of it. Settling in the second round, he began to find his timing and landed some clean shots of his own, fighting at a tremendous pace. It was all to play for in the third round and the Bideford boxer gave it his all, but the judges favoured the Welsh boy’s strength an aggression rather than Dymond’s clean punching skill.

Soane Coysh faced Ben Bourne of Hall Green ABC. He was aggressive throughout, hurting his opponent to the body in the second round. But Bourne used hit and run tactics, beating Coysh to the punch and spoiling his work, to run out a points winner.