Bideford ABC boxer Ricky Dymond continued his flying start to the season unbeaten in four contests in four weeks.
This time he faced more experienced opponent Daniel Thorpe from Eastleigh ABC in the regional finals of the NABC British Championships.
The Bideford boxer started fast, working well behind his jab and making use of his reach advantage.
Thorpe tried hard to walk through Dymond’s jab, but found fast flurries bouncing off him, leaving him marked up. Dymond grew in confidence after a comfortable first round and began to vary his work, showing glimpses of his variety of skills. His opponent couldn’t deal with Dymond’s work and was continually caught with hard, clean punches.
Thorpe gave his all in the last, but Dymond showed he could box on the back foot as well, using Thorpe’s aggression to his advantage, making his shots miss and picking him off to end a unanimous points winner.
Dymond now moves into the quarter finals against the Welsh light welterweight champion at Portsmouth in two weeks’ time.
Tickets for the Bideford club’s dinner show at the Durrant Hotel on November 23 are now sold out.
Clubmates in regionals
Two Barnstaple boxers represented the Western Counties in the NACYP regional championships against Oxford, Berkshire and Hampshire at Gosport on Saturday.
Liam Laird boxed tall, rangey opponent Joe Peters from Pinewood Star ABC in this regional final, but could not capture the form of the Western finals two weeks earlier.
Despite giving a good account of himself, Laird found his range falling short of the taller Peters, who used his reach advantage to keep control of the bout and ran out a unanimous points winner.
But Laird could hold his head high, having won the Western title at his first attempt, as a 12 bout novice.
Clubmate Harry Sugars took to the ring against Josh Roe of Eastleigh in the u66kg final and seemed to be in control of the bout, landing some good rights. The Eastleigh boxer also received a number of verbal warnings from the referee for infringements.
The Barnstaple corner was happy that their boxer was cruising to victory and shocked by a unanimous verdict against him. An appeal has been lodged.
Barnstaple’s Patrick Morton boxed at the Sturminster Newton ABC show against Darren Piper from Poole.
It was quite a contest, with the aggressive Morton calming it down slightly to counter the quality southpaw and the tactic generally worked well. When the occasional left hand got through, Morton’s response was a toe to toe exchange that had the crowd on its feet.
The bout was fought at a frenetic pace, with the crowd were on their feet at the final bell to give both boxers a standing ovation. Piper gained the majority decision.
Jordan Jones of Barnstaple also had an action packed bout against Shane Medlan of Paignton on the Paignton ABC dinner show.
Both lads decided to mix it up in a war of attrition. Jones was able to dominate the first half of the bout with Medlan receving a standing count in the second round. But the pace took its toll in the third with Jones fading and he took a standing count. When the referee stepped in with a second count the bout was stopped in favour of Medlan.
Barnstaple ABC is holding its own show at St Johns Community Centre by the Tesco store on November 10.
Most of the club’s established boxers will be in action, along with debuts for senior heavyweight Dan Blackford and Barnstaple’s latest female contender Steph Ward.
Tickets available from The Corner House, at the club or from Mark Simpson 07749231121.