Bideford ABC hosted a boxing show in Hartland for the first time since 1958 and considering the turnout of more than 250 supporters, it was a welcome return in a great night of boxing. Bideford hosted the West Wales squad in an exciting bill of 13 bouts, along with two skills bouts to start the show. Bout of the night was a rematch between Bidefords Callum Cunningham and Devonports Tyler Dyer a toe-to-toe war that had the crowd on their feet throughout. Cunningham went in behind his jab and both lads traded flurries in tight. In the second, a perfectly placed left hook to the body knocked the wind out of Dyer, forcing a standing count. The shot slowed him down as Cunningham dominated the round. Both lads showed grit in the last, digging in when tired. Both had success but it was Cunningham who had the telling blows, rocking the brave Dyer on several occasions and winning on points. Matt Wade another of Bidefords big hitters came out fast, swarming Devonports Martin Honeywell with combinations. It got too much for Honeywell towards the end of the round as he required a standing count from a hard right uppercut. Wade relaxed in the second after using a lot of energy in the first; he boxed well off the jab, bringing in right hooks to the body and head, when the opportunity came. He couldnt resist having a tear up in the last, rallying away until the bell with both lads taking shots in a entertaining bout won by Wade on points. Reece Hollingsworth didnt need the judges for his bout with Kyle Kent of St Austell. Despite a tight first round, he upped the gears in the second. He cracked up the pressure on Kent, showing superior power and speed to force a standing count. Hollingsworth showed the winning spirit as he applied the same pressure and it was a clean right hand that finished the fight, gaining Hollingsworth his first win. Josh Short kept up his winning ways against West Wales boxer James Collins. Collins started busy but couldnt find the target as Short proved elusive with good head movement. Short began countering in the second, coming back with right hands and left hooks which scored all the clean shots. He backed up Collins with a strong finish in the last round, landing a variety of head and body shots that earned him the win on points. Jacob Stevenson produced a classy display of boxing as he won all three rounds boxing on the back foot against West Wales boxer Shane Miller. Miller kept trying but Stevenson showed good feet and fast hands to win on points. It was not to be the fairytale ending for the hugely popular Alex Downie as he topped the bill against Bobby Freer of West Wales. Downie started well behind his jab but got tagged with a left hook that sent him to the deck. He bravely came firing back on unsteady legs but was tagged again, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Billy Heard and Ashton Lloyd of West Wales both showed potential for the future. Their skills bout proved to be a great clash of styles as Heard had success on the front foot and Lloyd, a good southpaw boxer, moved and scored well on the back foot. Lewis Cornish and Sammy Heard also had chance to show off their skills as both Bideford lads went in together to open the show. Intercontinental and Commonwealth Middleweight champion Tommy Langford was guest of honour giving out the trophies at the show.For more North Devon sport click here.