Bideford Amateur Boxing Club’s Igor Sliwinski pulled off a surprise victory in Port Talbot on Saturday.

Sliwinski took on Priory Park and former England boxer Sam Gwilt, and entered the ring as a huge underdog.

The Bideford boxer boxed calmly and effectively in the first, tiring the England international who couldn’t get to grips with Sliwinski’s style.

Sliwinski continued to take the upper hand in the second, when he started to turn on the style, frustrating his opponent with elusive movement.

Sliwinski closed the fight out well, putting in a solid defensive display as Gwilt looked for a knockout to turn the fight around. The Bideford boxer won by a unanimous decision.

Bideford’s Kye Cook was also on the bill, where he faced Tom McDonagh, who had the height advantage, and put it to good use from the bell.

Cook came out strongly in the second, counter-punching well, but it was the Midlands boxer who came out on top in the last round, landing several combinations to gain a unanimous points victory.