The Golden Gloves Tournament at the Fusion Nightclub

Thursday 5th October 2017.

That wonderful, legendary club, The Golden Gloves, put on a show that would do some of our top promoters proud. The atmosphere and sportsmanship was out of this world when the decisions were given.

I honestly believe that with such an atmosphere and wonderful sportsmanship brings out the best, not just of the boxers but also of the officials. The refereeing and judging could not be faulted.

The show started with 6 skills bouts and what marvellous bouts they were. The moves these boys showed and skill was far advanced above their years. The clubs’ coaches of all the boys in the skills bouts should be commended for the way these boys have been taught.

Bouts – Minor Schoolboy

Harvey Turner (Phoenix Fire Services) won when the referee intervened in the second round of his bout with Joseph Thornhill.

Schoolboy

Ethan Rutter (2nd City ABC) won majority over Ricardo Jenkins (Phoenix Fire ABC) in a bout that had the crowd on its feet, beautiful boxing off the jab, fine defensive work by two well schooled and perfectly matched boys.

Jayden Leach (Team Kaobon ABC) was defeated in another really nip and tuck affair with 2nd City ABC’s Farran Farrell. This contest also showed the boys with maturity above their years.

Kyle Page made it 3 wins for 2nd City ABC with a tight verdict over Harvey Dryhurst from Derry ABC in another bout that had the crowd cheering from the first bout to the last. Both boys went for broke from the beginning, both showed excellent ring craft, fine combinations. The whole house stood in appreciation at the end.

Kory Smith (Phoenix Fire ABC) and Martin Lane (2nd City ABC) put on a superb show of beautiful boxing with Smith getting the verdict.

With such action from the skills and schools bouts the seniors had a daunting task, however they rose to the occasion.

Ali Sohaiki (Golden Gloves) defeated Derry ABC’s Ethan Dorris. What a bout, Ali was on top of his form , he had to be, showing lovely movement and working well off the jab against Ethan who was more than willing to match him punch for punch when in range.

Both Boys worked well to the body and Ali was quick to evade Ethan’s right hooks. This bout was punch for punch with both boys giving their all and at the end sustained applause echoed around the venue, a fitting response to a truly great contest.

The last bout was another close one with Derry ABC’s Marvin Alegata getting the verdict over Golden Gloves’ Femi Abdul AzeezThese boys went at it hammer and tongs as if their very lives rested on the outcome.

Within a minute the crowd was in a frenzy, Azeez was moving well leading with his left jab to head and body and switch hitting to good effect. Marvin was keeping a tight guard, working hhis way inside to fire his own head and body shots. The pace was fast and furious as both fought for advantage, every inch of canvas was contested.

This was the perfect gel, the switch hitting and lovely moves of Femi and the resolute Marvin. The pace never slackened in this back and forth battle with Alegata receiving the verdict, a fitting end to a wonderful show.

Looking back the judges did a great job with so many and evenly contested bouts, this show was a credit to all involved.

I was sitting with my wife when a gentleman came over, grabbed me and said ‘It’s great to see you!’, it was Gary Thornhill ex – British featherweight champion. We talked about old times. My father was a pal of a relation of Gary’s and I boxed another relation of his many years ago, if I said I won I might be bragging, if I said I lost I might be lying.

It was 20 years since I last saw Gary, now that I’m in contact with him it won’t be another 20 years!

Until next time, good luck and God bless,

Tommy Dix.

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