Barum Boxing Club held their first ever home show on Saturday evening at Barnstaples Petroc Sports Hall. The club, which was founded in September last year, had six fighters in the ring. Topping the bill was Joe Freeman, who battled to a split decision win over Sydenhams Lewis Scott. Backed by a huge home crowd, Freeman started patiently and waited for his opportunities. When he opened up a cut above Scotts left eye, referee Tony Cloak stopped the fight for the Sydenham man to receive treatment, and when the fight resumed Freeman upped the pace with flurries of punches. As the fight developed, Freeman found joy with the upper-cut, but looked vulnerable to the counter-punch and allowed Scott to get back into the bout. The fight of the night preceded the headliners, as Barums Liam Hawkins took on Bidefords Stuart Allan. Allan, in his first fight, went out all guns blazing and spent most of the bout on the front foot, but was caught repeatedly with Hawkins right hand. It was the Barum boxers right that sent Allan to the canvas late in the first round, but the Bideford man got back on his feet. Despite the knock-down, Allan continued to go after Hawkins, and as the fight went on both were looking for the knock-out blow. Although the pace slowed in the third, the two put on a hugely entertaining clash, which saw Hawkins win by a split decision. Barums junior fighter Aiden Friendship took on Wellington Boxing Academys Shayann Hussain earlier in the evening. Both fighters were evenly matched in the first, but Friendship lost ground in the second. His opponent knew he had done enough by the end of the third round. Schoolboy Connor Woods took Barums fighter of the evening after a spirited performance against Martin Mongans of Ardwick Lads ABC, but found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. The evening kicked off with Barums Ben Miles, Harriet Lane and Bidefords Hayden Harris each gaining valuable experience in their own respective skills bouts.