Impressive young fighters put in top quality performances

Troy Gallagher (right) with his beaten opponent after their fight on Saturday.
Troy Gallagher (right) with his beaten opponent after their fight on Saturday.

Coastal Amateur Boxing put on one of its busiest and best ever shows at Lancaster and Morecambe College on Saturday night.

A packed crowd in the sports hall saw a triumphant but controversial evening of boxing as Coastal’s top young fighters impressed.

The night began with two ‘skills’ bouts involving Coastal’s Zane ‘‘The Mexican’ Cooke and Harrison Woodruff who both delivered all-action displays in fights where the ringside judges were not scoring.

The competitive bouts began in style for Coastal as Marcus ‘Buster’ Burrows pounded out a deserved split decision win over Timperley’s Liam Davy.

Young Blaze Havoc Harcourt came to the ring displaying confidence beyond his years, wearing a crown to signify his belief that he is a future king of boxing.

And he lived up to his Royal billing, dominating Sabeer Ghafari from Longsight to win a clear unanimous decision.

Declan ‘The Decker’ Wakeman was unlucky to drop a split decision to Abdullah Alsadoon of Eccles in a bout many thought he had won.

Coastal were soon back to winning ways thanks to Downey ‘Hurricane’ Howard’s unanimous points win over Dougie Chalmers of Eccles.

Ethan Brierly was the pressure fighter and puncher in his bout with stylish Sonny 
Davidson of Timperley and had the fight been a round longer he would surely have stopped his opponent.

However, Davidson’s stand-up boxing earned him the unanimous win.

The rangy Norbert Gorniak was well-matched against a familiar foe, Chris Taylor from Huyton, but despite a strong finish, Gorniak lost a split decision.

Sam Begh had plenty of support for his debut bout and boxed well behind an educated left jab but Joe Weir of Workington earned a unanimous decision thanks mainly to a strong second round.

Joe Craddock looked in great shape and boxed superbly in his bout with Josh Bruney of Preston and Fulwood.

Craddock always looked in control and it was a complete shock to many when Bruney was given the split nod.

Coastal rebounded though, winning the last three bouts on the bounce thanks to a classy win for Troy Gallagher by unanimous decision, a fiery first round stoppage win for Dawid Zelewski and a deserved albeit close points win for Bob Rowntree.

Fighter of the night was Blaze Havoc Harcourt.