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Boxers five alive in Kidderminster
6:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Local
FIGHTERS from Droitwich Amateur Boxing Academy were in fine form at a tournament in Kidderminster on Friday winning five of their six bouts.
Light welterweight Shawn Hewlett, 18, looked sharp and skilful in outpointing Alan Lysaght from Stafford.
In an entertaining, fast moving contest he kept Lysaght under pressure with effective, positive boxing both on the attack and when countering.
Lysaght came back strongly in the third round but Hewlett held on for the win.
Light middleweight Harvey Little, 15, in only his second bout, made it a double for Droitwich over Stafford by stopping Jarrad Gower.
Little withstood a ferocious attack from Gower in the opening seconds but once he got into his stride he proved too accurate and powerful for his brave opponent, the referee stopping it in the second round.
Welterweight Paul Butler, 16, gave a spirited performance in dropping a close decision to Derby’s Sonny Johal.
Johal towered above Butler and used his reach advantage effectively, but Butler remained very much in contention, particularly with a strong third round.
The decision, however, went to Johal.
Perhaps the most encouraging aspect was the performance of the younger Droitwich boxers. Joe Doyle, 11, in his first competitive bout gave a talented display in outpointing Sonny Tucker from Bristol. Doyle mixed skilful boxing with dazzling attacks and looks a fine prospect.
Liam Jones, 12, and Tyrone Manley, 13, both faced aggressive non-stop-action opponents from Swindon.
Despite being forced onto the defensive, Jones boxed beautifully, landing repeated one-twos before making an escape, to take the well-deserved decision. Manley met fire with fire and slugged his way to a memorable victory in a contest that was not for the connoisseur but was highly entertaining for the crowd.
To complete a rewarding and successful evening for the Droitwich club, 14-year-old debutant Lewis Smith took part in a no-decision skills bout and gave every indication that he is now ready for the competitive arena.
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