SLIDESHOW: Youngsters delight home crowd on big fight night

Skerton Boxing Club held its first home show of the season at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster on Saturday evening.

John Kelly was first in the ring for the Lancaster club and put in a great display but was unfortunate not to get the result losing on a controversial split decision.

Lewis Marshall was victorious over Corey Cochrane from Moss Side. Picture: Rachel Landsborough

Lewis Marshall was victorious over Corey Cochrane from Moss Side. Picture: Rachel Landsborough

Next in was Skerton’s Callum Rodriguez who hadn’t boxed in 12 months, but he got a unanimous decision giving the club its first win of the night.

Andre Vidal Junior was next up and showed how much he has improved since joining the club a few months ago, dominating his opponent for all three rounds winning a unanimous decision.

William Stewart was next up and although he put in a spirited performance he was on the end of a unanimous decision that went his opponent’s way.

Lewis Dennison was fifth up for Skerton and boxed at a frenetic pace for the two rounds the bout lasted as he stopped his opponent.

Next to step through the ropes was the newly crowned North West Champion, and number four in the country for his age and weight, Lewis Marshall.

Lewis took another step on the road to boxing for a national title and England with a unanimous decision to keep his 100 per cent record in tact.

Walter Fury, cousin of heavyweight hope Tyson, was next in the ring and boxed a very awkward opponent making the fight hard to score and lost a decision to the dismay of the home crowd.

Matty Doey was next in and fought three hard rounds against a heavier more experienced boxer, and took the decision.

Jamie Proctor stepped up next and the ‘Lancaster Bomber’ didn’t let down the home crowd and was a unanimous victor.

The atmosphere was still bouncing when the final boxer entered the ring. Martin Baird, a tough no-nonsense fighter, looked like he was on a mission and his display showed he was not there to make friends.

From the first bell of round one to the final bell of round three Martin pounded his opponent relentlessly before seeing his hand raised.

The club had planned to have 19 bouts on, but due to a late cancellation from another club, six of the bouts were cancelled.

That meant Carl Whyte, Steven Douglas, Dan Dan O’Connor, Shaun Michael Varey, Marcin Lewicki and Niall Fielding were left frustrated spectators instead of getting to box.

Skerton Amateur Boxing Club will be holding another evening of boxing in early April.

Anyone wishing to join the club aged eight and above should call Paul Fielding on 077666 55401 for more details and training times.