The remarkable rise of Caerphilly Boxing club continued On Thursday 22nd November as they hosted their First home boxing show at the Buffs club in Abertwidr.
Club Founder and Caerphilly Councillor Jon Scriven quite rightly received tremendous praise as a packed venue witnessed an exciting night of Amateur boxing.
First up and representing Caerphilly in his first ever contest, 11 year old Zak Najmi put on a tremendous display of technical boxing to win a Unanimous points win against his equally brave opponent from Newport’s St Joes. Watched by his proud family and gym mates Zak showed tremendous maturity in what could well be the start of a very special boxing journey indeed.
The noise increased by a few thousand decibels as Caerphilly’s Jak Williams took part in an absolute thriller. Williams displayed plenty of toughness as well as excellent boxing skills against his opponent from Hereford, who had most definitely crossed the border with the intention of upsetting the home fighter. It was Williams’s perfectly timed right hands that won him a split points win from the judges and the Coveted Boxer of the night trophy decided Professional Welsh lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne. It came as no surprise to hear that both clubs had agreed to a second bout over in England.
It was the turn of the seniors next as Caerphilly’s Acer Terry entered the ring to contest his third fight of the season.
Terry showed flashes of his effective unorthodox offence has his opponent from Pontypridd initially struggled to land against the tricky Caerphilly boxer. However unfortunately for Terry a big finish from his opponent in the third was enough to take a razor thin split points win.
The following Lightweight senior contest saw Caerphilly’s own Club coach and crowd favourite Michael Ward.
Ward, who’s never in a dull fight once again put on another crowd pleasing performance. Win lose or draw, Ward always comes to fight and never gives nothing less than 100%. It was another great performance from both boxers and great fight to watch, but after 3 hard growling rounds of boxing it went to the judges score cards and it was Josh Edwards who come away with a unanimous points decision over Ward.
They go again next week on the home show of Torfaen’s Warriors’s where Ward will be looking to make it 1 a piece.
Another Caerphilly debutant who had certainly brought a sizeable number of Supporters was Super Middleweight David Alleyne. Possessing skills that are rarely seen from someone boxing for the first time, Alleyne ruthlessly landed at will on his outgunned English opponent, his jab proving to be a very formidable weapon indeed. Hard Clean Punches brought two standing 8 counts from the referee, and the fight was stopped soon after in the second, with the Englishman unable to defend himself.
Having already delivered the fight of the night 3 weeks ago on Cwmcarn’s home show, Caerphilly’s David Ogden and Cwmcarn’s Luke Richards sum up everything what is great about the noble art of boxing. Friends outside the ring, both men put that to one side and basically carried on from where their first bout left off. Meeting head on in the centre of the ring and not giving an inch, the crowd were on their feet as they witnessed what can only be described as a war. Ogden won the first fight on a split decision and seemed to just have that little bit extra in the rematch. Richards’s heart and chin is without question but the contest was stopped following 2 standing 8 counts courtesy of well timed shots from Ogden. This contest quite rightly won fight of the night and incredibly making it the 4th consecutive time Ogden has won the accolade. Well done both boxers for another crowd pleasing contest!
The final bout of the night saw Caerphilly’s Josh Scriven fighting as a super middleweight, meeting a tough competitor from Barton Hill ABC in England. Still a relative newcomer to the sport, Scriven boxed very sensibly, sticking to his boxing and letting power shots go when needed. It seemed a big final round for Scriven would be enough to claim the victory. However the officials felt differently and awarded a split decision to the man from Barton Hill. There was plenty of positives to take from the fight for Scriven though as his game performance pleased his coaches and everyone in attendance.
That concluded a highly entertaining night of amateur boxing, the bouts were well matched and everyone involved was highly praised by WABA officials. The crowd left already looking forward to the next club show which could happen in the near future.
Caerphilly Boxing Club would like to thank everyone involved in the event, including the Officials, medical staff, security, sponsors and all the boxing clubs involved and all the excellent support on the night they received.