A superb attacking display from Billy Stanbury wrapped up a good evening for Bideford Amateur Boxing Club on Saturday.
The club held its home show at Kingsley School, with 10 Bideford boxers featuring in an action-packed line-up.
Stanbury topped the bill, taking on Sydenham’s Lewis Scutt in a light-heavyweight contest.
It was an assured display from the Bideford boxer, who held the middle of the ring in the early exchanges while letting go of three-punch combinations.
As the fight progressed he grew in confidence, scoring consistently and mixing in upper-cuts and a couple of big right hooks.
In the third round he forced referee Tony Cloak into giving Scutt a standing-eight count before confirmation of a unanimous win.
It was a good night for Bideford’s seniors, with four wins out of five.
Gabriel Silva was impressive in his split decision win over Connor Cudmore.
The Bideford boxer scored well early on with his jab, working in a few heavy hits as the first round developed.
Cudmore soon settled though and came back into the bout, but was rocked by a couple more big hits from Silva over the top of his guard.
The third round was more nip and tuck, with Silva going on to take a split decision victory.
Igor Sliwinski and Devonport’s Brandon Stacey were involved in an entertaining clash that saw the Bideford boxer come out with a split decision win.
Sliwinski was quick on his feet over three rounds, staying on the back foot and hitting Stacey on the counter. What was a slow second round eventually erupted, with the Bideford boxer unleashing a barrage of punches, only for Stacey to come straight back.
The contest ended with both boxers almost falling out of the ring after crashing through the ropes.
There was also a win for Bideford’s Brad Richards against Camborne’s Ryan Wells.
Wells was much the busier of the two over the three rounds, but Richards’ jab kept him scoring. That, combined with a tight guard, helped him to the unanimous decision.
Barum’s Nick Forrest caused an upset, beating Tom Baldwin with a unanimous decision.
Baldwin was non-stop over three rounds, putting his head down and working Forrest with shots to the body in close quarters. But Forrest started with a high work rate, and kept the score ticking over with some well-timed hooks and upper cuts.
Ilfracombe’s Jordan Wheeler was also on the bill, but he was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision against Tavistock’s Alex Burd.
Junior boxers Kohan Kennedy and Freddie Wright both picked up unanimous wins for Bideford.
Kennedy got the better of Synwell’s Miles Joseph, while Wright beat Arena’s Conna Gardner.
Hayden Harris and Kye Cook were on the wrong end of the judges’ decisions, with Harris losing to Synwell’s Danny Myers and Cook losing to Kieran Bragg.
The evening startd with Charlie Stevenson and Charlie Murdoch – both from Bideford – taking part in a skills bout.