Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club’s first home show of 2018 was a successful one for the club.
There were wins for four of the six Torrie boxers in competitive bouts on the night in front of some vocal home support.
Topping the bill was Dean Ayling, who took on the undefeated Peter Jarman from Tavistock ABC.
It was Jarman who started the stronger, counter-punching Ayling and landing some a couple of hard-hitting jabs towards the end of the first round.
Ayling found his feet in the second round finding Jarman’s body with clean punches and moving well to finish the round strongly.
Jarman continued to counter-punch well into the last, letting Ayling take the front foot. The Tavistock man came out with a unanimous win.
The fight was preceded by perhaps the most entertaining bout of the evening, with Torrington’s Archie Smithson taking on Bideford’s Brad Richards.
Richards had stepped in at short notice to ensure a bout went ahead, but it didn’t show at the end of a bloody and bruising contest which saw Smithson come out on top with a majority win.
The Torrie boxer’s right hand served him well in the opening round, connecting with Richards’ head a few times through a fast-paced round.
The tempo slowed slightly in the second, but Smithson found some good combinations, including a four-punch series that increased the volume inside the Torrington sports hall.
Richards came back in the last though, landing some powerful shots Smithson’s face and busting his nose in the process, but the home boxer had done enough for the win.
Trai Sheppard earned a unanimous win over Thames Valley’s Aaron Duncan.
Sheppard wrapped the contest up in the first two rounds with some hard-hitting punches, including a big left hook at the end of the first round and working hard through the second with some combinations to the body.
He was forced to rally in the third after receiving a standing eight count, but held firm for the win.
Ned Pettifer put together some crowd-pleasing combinations in his schoolboy bout with Bideford’s Lewis Cornish.
Both boxers gave no quarter, and after Pettifer went on the charge early in the second round, Cornish came right back with some shots of his own.
The two were evenly matched until a final flurry of punches at the end of the bout secured a win for the Torrington boxer.
Nicole Wafforne Lock’s schoolgirl bout against Colcot’s Jessica Percigo ended with a split decision win.
Wafforne Lock stayed on the front foot throughout, putting in a patient and sensible display over three rounds and picking her shots well.
Her brother George was in the ring before her, but lost out against Arena’s Conna Gardener to a unanimous decision.
Torrington’s Matt Arnold opened up the evening’s boxing with a skills bout against Downend’s Tom Phelan, and the Torrie boxer used his jab well in an impressive display.
Torrington head coach Heath Pettifer said he was ‘delighted’ with the results.
He added: “The boxers are some of the most committed people I have ever worked with, and will be raring to get back to the gym next week and work on improving, regardless of whether they won or lost.”
Other results: Henry Janes (Colcot) beat Jed Baker (Torbay), unanimous; Sonny Reardon (Torbay) beat William Day (Colcot), unanimous; Ivan Beynan (Thames Valley) beat Guy Crawford (Truro), opponent retired; Calum Nancholas (Falmouth) beat Marcus Trott (Torbay), unanimous.