Golden Gloves & Derry ABC Tournament 26.01.2018 at Fusion Nightclub, Liverpool.

To hold a monthly show takes some doing and for January’s offering the legendary Liverpool club the Golden Gloves put on a cracker of a show.

The show kicked off with 4 high quality skills bouts featuring Chedu Dixon, Omar Musaid, Adam Musaid of the Gloves and Jack Doran of Majestic ABC, Luca Wilton and Terrence Brown of Derry ABC and Jack Probert of Team Greaves. The two Musaid brothers are beautiful movers with techniques that belies their age.

Schoolboy (3 x 1.5 mins)

Mustafa Naffees (Team Greaves) defeated Derby Lane’s Alfie Hale in a cracking contest with both boys showing good defensive skills and a good punch variety with Mustafa getting the nod.

Harvey Dryhurst (Derry ABC) got the nod over Derby Lane’s Ben Quinn in another top class bout with both boys showing good skills and ring craft.

Juniors (3 x 2 min rounds)

Derry ABC’s Callum Nestor won a close contest with Golden Gloves’ Abdullah Anam. Anam had some lovely moves however Callum stuck to his boxing behind his jab to win the verdict.

Golden Gloves’ Giani Lovell lost to Majestic ABC’s Declan Bridge in another close one.

Golden Gloves’ Hussam Salem won a split verdict over Maelor ABC’s Morgan Evans in a bout that flowed back and forth with these two well schooled boxers showing excellent combinations off the jab and first class ring craft. It is a credit to boxers and coaches for putting on such a skillfull contest.

Kirk Smith (Golden Gloves) also gained a majority verdict over another well schooled Maelor boxer Gary Richards. Once again these two well matched, talented youngsters treated the capacity crowd to a treat of first class boxing. Good quality combinations off the jab, tidy lateral movement and sound defensive work. When you witness bouts like this it’s a pity there has to be a loser.

Seniors (3 x 2 min rounds)

Wirral Community ABC’s Ashley Robinson lost a split verdict to Derry ABC’s Tom Stevenson in another first class bout that both boys showed excellent combinations and body punches with the nod going to Tom in a bout that drew sustained applause.

Golden Gloves’ Danny Sharifian pulled out the punch of the night, if not the year, that ended his bout with Derry ABC’s Lee Chart in the first. Both boys got down to business, no feeling out and both throwing bombs. However, after a hectic exchange in the centre of the ring Danny landed a

terrific right that halted proceedings with Lee needing medical attention prior to leaving the ring. It was a devastating performance.

Golden Gloves’ Andy Lovell lost to Pool of Life’s Greg Hewitson in a good contest with Hewitson stalking Lovell, who showed good defensive moves and counters in a bout that could well have gone either way. Hewitson gained the verdict.

In the final bout of the night Derry ABC’s Alfie Williams got the verdict for Golden Gloves’ Kenny Griffin in a fitting finale to a great show. This bout flowed to and fro, was full of endeavour with the judges favouring Alfie Williams.

The capacity house at the Golden Gloves show not only had a great night’s boxing but a wonderful bonus of having those great ambassadors and brilliant boxers Amir Khan and Tony Bellew in their company, both were only too pleased to sign photos and autographs for the fans.

What a great job these two wonderful men did, only too willing to talk to the youngsters as memories like those will last forever

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