BOXING: Season of success for Tiverton

Mid Devon Star: BOXING: Season of success for Tiverton BOXING: Season of success for Tiverton

TIVERTON round off their season in Barnstaple on Sunday afternoon when Western Counties champion Harry Davey boxes Romford’s Timothy Olla.

On the same card Callan Bryant faces his old foe Robbie Moore from Torrington.

It’s been a long hard season for the club, producing 25 wins from 45 bouts, an excellent return for one of the smaller clubs in the South-West.

The season started last October in Tiverton’s Heathcoat Club which is now the club’s HQ.

It was a tremendous night with ten Tiverton boxers on in a 16 bout card.

However the evening was bitter-sweet for Corey Westbrook who contested his 40th and final bout for the club he has represented since he was 11.

Westbrook went out in style, producing another impressive display with earned him the ‘Best boxer of the night’ from the judges.

One of the season’s biggest success stories was that of senior Brad Riggs who won six out of seven contests despite his lack of experience.

Two of Tiverton’s longer-serving boxers, brothers Alex and Zack Jones, both gave their all in every bout as always.

Zack boxed a schoolboy ABA finalist in Southampton and only lost on a split decision.

And he went to Plymouth and beat the highly-rated Brandon Stacey in his own backyard on a unanimous verdict.

Alex got to the CYP regional final only to lose on points to his old foe Yassir Afzal from Oxford. But he then boxed every weekend in November, winning three out of his four bouts.

In some barnstorming contests he beat Kirstian Spangle on his home show in Plymouth and destroyed Harry Webb from Lympstone with a masterly display of body punching before saving his best to last when beating Barnstable’s Liam Laird in a real humdinger.

One of Tiverton’s most improved boxers has was Harry Davey who won four of his six bouts. To put the icing on the cake he won the Western Counties Junior ABA title in Perrenporth, beating reigning champion Will Jeffries.

Callan Bryant also had a good season. He won four of his seven bouts and was runner-up in the Western Counties final.

Bryant’s best moment came at Bournemouth when he earned a unanimous decision over Oakmead’s Dave Lewis on his home ground. Lewis won each of his six other outings during the season.

Harry Evans gave everything in his bouts, boxing Southampton’s Golden Rings schoolboy champion Albi Samways.

Darryl Daniels, Tiverton’s other senior, won three of his four bouts before work commitments curtailed his season.

Head coach Paul Harvey said: “I would like to thank all the boxers who have boxed for Tiverton this season in what has been our best yet.

“With the commitment and effort they put into every bout they are a real pleasure to train and I’m proud of every one of them.

“I would also would like to thank Lez Rendall and everyone at the Heathcoat Social Club for their continued support during the season and making it possible to put on our show in October.

“Thanks too to all our other sponsors.”

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