Ray is Western Counties champion

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD ABC’s Ray Penfold become a Western Counties champion in Bristol on Sunday.

He faced a tough task against Portsmouth boxer H Hodgetts in the final, but racked up points from the outset with a lightning fast jab. In the second round he added the right cross behind his jab to hurt his opponent on several occasions.

The Portsmouth boxer came in fast in the final round to try to turn the bout his way, but Penfold was too skilful, picking his shots and producing some good combinations to ease home a unanimous victor 21-4.

The previous night

Bideford boxer Soane Coysh made a eye catching start to his senior novice championships, winning through two bouts in Bodmin on Saturday night.

With three boxers in his light welter weight class, Coysh had the difficult end of the draw, having to box first and then face a fresh opponent later in the night.

In his opening bout he gained a unanimous points verdict over the tall, lean Darren Townley of Pilgrims ABC.

Coysh stamped his authority from the off, grabbing the centre of the ring and bobbing and weaving while Townley tried to keep him at long range, but found himself hitting air and getting countered with big right hands and left hooks. Having gained a comfortable lead, Coysh boxed calmly to stay in front and also maintain strength for his second bout.

His next opponent was Shannon Wiley of Exeter, who had watched the opening bout and learned not to trade with the hard hitting Bideford boxer. He tried the tactics of hit and hold, but nothing was going to stop Coysh, who boxed calmly and did not allow his opponent to tie him up, while landing some crunching trademark left hooks to the body to slow the Exeter man up. He won all three rounds for a unanimous verdict and a place in the next round of the championships.

Bideford’s Jake Hatch was also on the same show, but lost a tight points decision to J Stevens of Truro, despite a tremendous rally in the last round.

Ben Owen also had his first fight in the championships losing 31-8 to Golden Ring boxer Lloyd Johnson.

Tickets are now on sale for the Bideford ABC dinner show at the Durrant House H on November 25, call Dick Kersey on 07841846552.