Crawley Amateur Boxing Club held their annual dinner show at the Felbridge Hotel last week in front of a packed crowd of fight-fans.
Matchmaker James Verbeeton put together an evenly-matched 13-bout programme and every bout went the distance.
Amman Ali Khan, aged 14, led the charge for the junior section with a dominant display against Hasting’s Gus Sully over three rounds.
The tall and rangy Khan was the busier throughout and his long and accurate punches took their toll on his south coast based opponent.
Khan unsurprisingly took the unanimous decision of the judges in what was a career-best performance.
Watching guest of honour Bob Edgeworth, former Crawley boxer and now British Boxing Board of Control timekeeper who officiated at the recent Joshua Klitschko heavyweight title fight,
nominated Khan for the Geoff Hopcraft Belt, which is presented to the best home boxer of the night.
Edged out for the award with a similar performance was Tony Baker, 15, who won a unanimous decision against Fishergate’s Sonny Pullen.
Baker’s landed stinging southpaw leads and rear left hands which soon reddened the face of Pullen, who charged forward at the elusive Baker and found himself swinging at air.
Sulman Mirza 13, got a long awaited and well deserved win when he beat Kieran Swales of Bognor’s Ockley Boxing Club on points.
Although a scrappy encounter with both boys tiring towards the end, it was Mirza who impressed the judges with his aggressive display and the referee raised his hand at the end of the three tough rounds.
Talented newcomer Byron Grimwood still looks for his first win, despite hurting Maidstone Gurkha’s Parsang Thapa with some big right hands.
Grimwood will regret waiting too long to land his shots in a bout he could have won. Despite a late surge it was too little too late.
Josh Limbachia, 12, lost to Charlie Stephens of Guildford on a tight points decision.
After an even first round Limbachia tired and Stephens came on top throwing the more scoring punches as the Crawley lad tried to surge forward.
Crawley’s senior rank did not fare well as the judges did them no favours on the night.
Club captain Sam Northcott was very unlucky not to be given the verdict against Abid Safi of the IQ Boxing Club from Neasden.
Body shots and a busier work-rate from Northcott saw him take the first round and in the second showed defensive skills to prevent Safi getting through his guard.
The Londoner held on in the last, not allowing Sam to get his shots away, and it was to the surprise of the crowd when Safi took the win on a split decision.
Despite beating Alex Howe of Hastings last time out, Broadfield’s Sher Khan lost a tight decision to him this time out, and will no doubt be relishing the chance of a decider.
Howe began the first by lunging in, being caught by Khan who showed a high defence.
Hard work by both boxers throughout the second left it all down to the last. Khan made hard work of it and it was Howe who took the decision by the tightest of margins.
Peter Murphy and Rackel Wright lost their bouts on close points decisions.