Bideford Amateur Boxing Club member Ricky Dymond has become a Western Counties champion in his first year in the competition.

Ricky travelled to Bournemouth for his lightweight contest against the more experienced Joe Edwards of Trowbridge ABC.

He set about his opponent fast from the opening bell, but struggled to get inside Edwards’ long jab until a big combination at the end of the round left the Trowbridge man in trouble. The round ended 8-7 to Edwards.

Dymond came out fast again in the second round, forcing the pace and landing punishing body shots. He found his range well to trouble the Trowbridge boxer with back hands, leaving Edwards marked up. Round two ended with Dymond 19-14 ahead.

Having tired his opponent by the third round, the Bideford boxer began to land fast flurries and big body shots to catch the judges’ eyes. His non-stop work rate saw him crowned champion with a 28-17 points victory.

Dymond is now in the quarter finals of the national championships in Bristol on 29 April 29.

Bideford’s Cheye Saunders featured in a cracking contest at Torbay against Newquay boxer Nathan Starkey.

The fight was in the balance going into the final round and both boxers gave their all in a battle which had the crowd on their feet in appreciation. Starkey was given the verdict by majority decision, the deciding judge having it by just one point.