West Kingsdown Boxing Club held their first dinner show at the Brands Hatch Mercure Hotel on Thursday 7th December 2017. It lived up to its name, “A Christmas Cracker”, delivering 9 entertaining and evenly matched bouts. Three of those were split decisions with only one stoppage on the night.
That stoppage came in the show closer from Reece Milton in his first bout for West Kingsdown stopping a very game Anwar Rahman from London Community Boxing. After an even first round, Reece stepped up the pace forcing Rahman to hold on at the end of the second round. The writing was on the wall early in the third as Milton connected with big right hands forcing a standing 8-count. It was not long before Milton connected again and the referee rightly stopped the contest.
West Kingsdown hosting their second show 9 months since opening, started the evening with two skills bouts. John Friend and Brandon Howard showing great promise for the future and should be boxing competitively in March.
The first competitive bout of the night was a real thriller with West Kingsdown’s Billy Hilton losing a wafer thin split decision to John Delaney of Guildford City. This bout had the crowd on their feet and could have gone either way and was deservedly chosen by Steve Hiser MBE as bout of the night!
Next up was Max Quick having his first bout for two years and first for West Kingsdown. He faced a late replacement in the unbeaten Awais Hussain from Woking. A great first round was not enough from Max to keep the very talented Hussain from winning the decision and Best Away Boxer Award. However, the coaches were very pleased with Max’s performance and look forward to his next bout.
Roger Hilton finally got the hosting club off to winning ways with a unanimous points decision over a tough Jack Blencow from Kingfisher BC. Roger now has two wins out of two and the club plans to enter him in next year’s schoolboy championships.
Jimmy Smith won a hard fought decision over Guildford City’s Cameron Steere. After winning the first round Jimmy started the second on fire, forcing a standing 8-count in the opening seconds. However, he let his opponent back into the contest with his hands down style and with father/coach Phil shouting from the corner, Jimmy saw the bout out and deserved his points win.
Harvey Martin, with Dad Lee in the corner, boxed beautifully to nullify his opponent’s size advantage. John Kennedy of Team Wiseman could do nothing with Martin’s movement and clever boxing off the back foot. In the end, Martin forced a standing 8 count in the last round and ran out a unanimous points winner and Best Boxer of the Night award to boot.
Sam Whittaker, another boxer to make it two wins out of two, faced a very tall and tricky opponent in J Khan of Surbiton. However, after a slow start, Sam got his boxing together in the second round and stepped it up in the last to make sure of the win, albeit on a split decision.
All in all a very successful and enjoyable evening with West Kingsdown winning five bouts out of seven. Mickey Bowden, Head Coach, plans to hold four shows a season with the next one pencilled in for Saturday 3rd March at West Kingsdown Village Hall.