A packed house enjoyed Hastings West Hill ABC’s second open show of the boxing season.
The show eclipsed previous events held at Hollington Community Centre with more than 450 people cramming through the doors to support the local talent on offer.
A West Hill spokesman said: “The club was overwhelmed by the supporters, who took up every available inch of floor space and almost lifted the roof with their vociferous support.”
West Hill had 12 boxers in action and with seven of them winning their bouts, it was a very productive evening indeed for the Whitefriars Road-based club.
Toby Salmon lost on a split decision in the first bout of the evening against Joe Inman, of Guildford ABC, much to the dismay of his support. George Filkins produced three great rounds of boxing to unanimously beat Mitchell Malloy, of Keddles Gym, taking his unbeaten record to four.
Elliot Hedger lost a hastily arranged bout against Harry Hudson, from Kemsing, but won over the crowd with his never say die attitude. William Badrock extended his unbeaten run by taking a split decision from Thomas Wilson, of Mole Valley, in a well-matched contest.
Tomny Lee produced a fantastic performance to unanimously beat the much bigger Morgan King, of Brighton.
Richard Harffey was declared the winner of an all-action bout against Mole Valley’s Thomas Doherty only for the decision to be reversed after a short period of deliberation among the judges. The almost inconsolable Harffey was given the West Hill junior boxer of the evening award.
On to the seniors and Connor Sime only just lost on a split decision in his first bout this season against Nathan Lee, of Strood. Carmine Di Paulo got West Hill back to winning ways with a unanimous points victory over Jack Stallion, of Foley ABC.
Ben White, West Hill’s most experienced boxer, was staggeringly competing in his 84th bout at just 23-years-old. White outclassed Zack Lamzouri, of Fitzroy Lodge, winning on all the judges’ scorecards.
Maris Baugers was stopped by Strood boxer George Harvey in the second round after a below par performance, but Shaun Attrell was West Hill’s senior boxer of the evening courtesy of a unanimous victory over Louis Green, of Strood.
Club captain Steve Garlick rounded-off proceedings by dispatching Margate boxer Paul Brown in the third round with a TKO.
During the interval, former West Hill chairman Dave Harris was presented with a bottle of fine cognac by new chairman John Badrock for his endeavours in the club’s name over many years.