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Tournament bow features host of close encounters
7:00am Thursday 18th October 2012 in Sport
Billy Dunne (Phoenix Fire) and Kian Flanagan (Leigh ABC) being presented with trophies from 1980 Moscow Olympian, 3x ABA Champion and British Pro- Featherweight champion Ray Gilbody
PHOENIX Fire Amateur Boxing Club's first tournament of the season has been hailed a great success.
More than a dozen bouts were contested in front of a capacity crowd at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Phoenix fighters featured in 14 of the match-ups, all of whom impressed with a variety of skill, strength and effort.
Senior welterweights Terry Spencer and Daniel Johnson, of Castle Hill ABC, were awarded bout of the night with the Phoenix man honoured as senior boxer of the evening after an excellent three-round bout.
Johnson tried to keep distance between the pair, but Spencer’s strength and hooks to the head and body won the day with a unanimous points’ verdict.
Sam Watson, aged 13, 38kgs, impressed in winning a unanimous points’ decision against Curtis Ingledew, of East Middlesbrough ABC.
Casey Brown, aged 14, 54kgs, won a close majority decision in another excellent skills bout against Liam Booth, of Castle Hill ABC.
Brown worked effectively between head and body to avenge a previous defeat to Booth.
Jamie Aramayo, aged 14, 64kgs, also won a close majority decision against Joe Winchurch, of East Middlesbrough.
Aramayo went on an all-out assault in the last round, enough for two of the three judges to award him victory.
John Paul Stokes, aged 14, 48kgs won on his debut against Tom Long, of Small Heath ABC.
Stokes kept his opponent at range and Long tried hard to get inside but he could not quite manage it on this occasion.
Ben Murphy, aged 15, 70kgs, won his first bout against Brandon O’Neil, of Small Heath ABC.