A MASTERCLASS of boxing had the crowd on its feet during Roche ABC’s epic fight night.
The vociferous fans, who crammed in to Byerden House to witness the spectacle, were graced with 14 full-blooded bouts during the event.
Highly-touted amateur Owen Thomas (pictured) topped the bill against Tameside’s Bobby Gilder, and the 21-year-old Burnley boxer was given the nod by the ringside judges with a unanimous verdict.
Billy Grogan (13) made it five wins from five fights as he defeated Moss Side’s Macauley Moran by way of a unanimous decision while 11-year-old Oathey Jones also won on points against Harrogate’s Jason Inneson.
Another of Roche’s 11 winners was Dean Thompson (14) who dominated his bout against Tameside’s Joseph Nixon and 14-year-old Asif Rheiman earned a unanimous verdict against Mottram and Hattersley’s Oliver Beckett, knocking him to the canvas in the opening round. Willy Smith (13) ensured his winning streak continued with a fine victory over Tameside’s Andy Curran.
Meanwhile, Morgan Jackson (15) had his arm raised after his contest against West Wirral’s Louis Donnison and teenage protégé Uwais Majeed proved he was still Lord of the Ring with a devastating display against Northside’s Jamie Mitchell. The 17-year-old has now won 18 of his 22 bouts.
Nicky Perry (20) beat Cleator Moor’s Nicky Doran and Atif Mushtaq (22) made his comeback from an 18-month absence from the ring with a win over Cleator Moor’s John Gould.
Anthony Tibbs rounded off a successful night for the Briercliffe Road club with victory over Winsford’s Sam Edwards.
The 24-year-old raised the roof in the penultimate fight of the evening after knocking his opponent out in the second round.
But there were a few blemishes on the fight card. Young Mark Haworth (11) pushed his Bredbury and Stockport opponent Bayan Khelil to the wire but lost by a majority decision.
Adil Hussain (20) was forced to retire in the first round against Fox, Manchester’s, Sadje Hussain with a bloodied nose while 15-year-old Jack Edmondson lost to a majority decision against Liam Jones of Tameside.