BIDEFORD boxer Ricky Dymond is through to the national Junior ABA semi- finals after a unanimous points victory over Joe Rider of Colchester ABC.

Dymond, who travelled to Chelmsford for his quarter final, was happy to let Rider be the aggressor and score with effective counter punches. Rider kept coming forward, but the Bideford boxer had too many tricks for him, showing good use of the ring and how to hit and not get hit.

Clubmate Ryan Gumbley was also on the same quarter-finals bill against Jasper Boydell of Sudbury ABC.

Boydell proved a handful, with fast hands and feet, which earned him the first two rounds. Gumbley fired up in the last and gave his all, causing his opponent to stay on the run, but Boydell had the experience to pull through for a points victory.

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• Bideford ABC hosted a open show on the same night at Bideford Pannier Market, with 13 bouts featuring all North Devon’s clubs, plus boxers from further afield. The host club had eight boxers on the bill.

Ray Penfold boxed clever to pick up the Boxer of the Night award by outpointing Kyle Gargett from Pilgrims ABC.

Ben Owen turned on his style against Dan Dawes from Yeovil, dominating the fight for four rounds to take a unanimous points verdict.

Soane Coysh had to work for his win against Kristian Sprangle from Mayflower ABC, who kept coming forward. Coysh stood his ground and showed good fitness to win on points.

Young Charlie Coysh avenged a previous defeat to beat Mark Meaden of Bodmin on points. Kye Cook won on points in a well-matched show against Aaron Robinson of Lympstone ABC.

Jamie Creek was boxing well before being pulled out with a dislocated shoulder. Cheye Saunders boxed well, but lost a majority points to Tobias Hacker from Downend ABC.

Bill Parsons was unlucky to get stopped. After a tight first round, he got caught with a big shot and the referee stepped in.