The amazing Manny Ally showed just why he’s rated as one of Crawley’s finest boxers at Bewbush on Saturday night.
18 year old Ally boxed the perfect fight to outscore Brighton City’s Ben Duncan to the delight of the loud and packed crowd at the Bewbush Centre.
Living up to his ring nickname “Amazing” the hugely talented Ally had the local fight fans on their feet roaring him to victory.
Duncan was a good strong kid who certainly came to fight, and as he came forward looking to throw his big shots Ally’s speed and movement made him virtually impossible to hit.
It’s a clever fighter who can box off the back foot, and Ally is certainly that. But making Duncan miss was only half the job, as the fast and accurate jab of Ally constantly found it’s target.
Stinging left jabs to the face and damaging body shots soon wore Duncan down.
Star guests WBO Featherweight champ Ben Jones and the former British and Commonwealth title-holder Michael Alldis were at ringside, and both were full of praise for Ally at the final bell.
If Ally was amazing then 14 year old Abdul Miraj was pure magic.
Making his ring debut against the formidable Brighton City puncher Jack Groves the exciting Miraj had Jones and Alldis singing his praises, predicting an outstanding future in the game for the Northgate kid.
For his first time in the ring Miraj quite simply was magical. Hard fast hands, superb movement and talent in abundance saw him snatch a narrow points win over a very good boxer in Groves.
Miraj constantly rattled Groves with his two fisted attacks, that were both accurate and fast. Groves can dig, and posses a heavy shot with either hand, but Miraj was never troubled as he glided round the ring banging out his own power punches.
The noise from the sell out crowd was so loud that the two boxers standing toe to toe in a fantastic bout failed to hear the bell for the end of the second round, continuing to trade punches as the referee tried to split them up.
The final round had it all, both young boxers coming forward throwing an incredible array of shots, neither one willing to take a backward step. So tight was the contest that Crawley’s Miraj got the decision by the narrowest of margins.
Experienced junior Byron Jones was on the end of a points defeat at the hands of Danny Bull from the Hastings Boxing Club. Jones kept looking to get inside of Bull’s double handed jabs, but was caught constantly with stiff scoring shots that earned him the judges verdict.
Earlier in the evening there were points defeats for Sulman Mirza, Josh Limbachia, Bayley Whiteoak and Alfie Power in their ring debuts. Jay Watkins saw his scheduled three round contest against Hamza Sharif from the Felbridge ABC end early when the referee jumped in and stopped the contest in the second round. Watkins fought bravely but was outgunned by a bigger, stronger opponent.
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