BIDEFORD Boxing Club’s Ricky Dymond bowed out in the semi-finals of the National Junior ABA championships in Portsmouth against three times national champion Ellis Delaney of West Ham ABC.

The Bideford boxer showed Delaney no respect, rushing out to control the centre of the ring and take the opening round.

Dymond grew in confidence and tried to up his workrate, throwing plenty of combinations, but Delaney showed great footwork to catch him on the way forward and the West Ham boxer’s counter left hooks stood out to level scores entering the final round. There was silence in the crowd at the finish, as no-one was sure which way the decision would go, but Delaney emerged top on the judges’ cards.

Dymond will take great credit from his season, reaching two national semi-finals and gaining 10 wins out of 13.

Third win in a row

Clubmate Ben Owen’s season is going from strength to strength with his third win in a row.

Owen faced a rematch at Saltash against Mike Trueman of Paignton ABC, who won their last bout on points.

But this time Owen took a big first round, catching Trueman on the way in with combinations and proving elusive to leave Trueman hitting air as he couldn’t find the target.

Owen landed power punches as Trueman kept charging forward, but the Paignton man had a good chin.

The third round was a war as Trueman tried to use his weight advantage by going toe to toe.

But Owen showed greater hand speed to finish on top of the exchanges.

In an entertaining last round Trueman did himself credit with his non-stop workrate, but Owen was not to be denied, picking his shots to win on points.