Charlie is the star turn as Roche Boxing celebrate best show yet

Great performance: Charlie Smith of Roche Boxing with Frankie Gavin
Great performance: Charlie Smith of Roche Boxing with Frankie Gavin

Roche Boxing Club hosted the best show in its history earlier this month, with a host of lads in action from Burnley.

The spectators were the real winners on the night.

First up was Rossendale’s Noah Ellidge, who came up against M. Sharrock of Tameside in a skills bout.

Noah proved to the audience he has a great future in the sport with some great jabs and head movement, and while there can be no winner in a skills bout, he certainly impressed.

Second was Brad Mount (Roche) against Tim Murphy of Rossendale in a cracking contest where both lads gave it their all.

Brad emerged as the winner, but as most spectators would agree, people would happily pay to see that fight again in the future.

Young Murphy could hold his head up high and has a great future ahead.

Next up was another Rossendale junior – the big hitting, quality boxer Lewis Farrelly.

Lewis showed great concentration in the ring and outboxed his opponent Cole Gaynor to go on to win this contest, with all judges giving him the nod.

Next up was Burnley favourite Charlie Smith (Roche) against George Frost of Beartown.

This was a tricky contest for Smith, as Frost had double the amount of fights, but yet again Smith showed great heart and dug deep and gave a boxing masterclass to win the contest.

Frost is tipped to be the England number one.

Smith received a special award for fight of the night, as all the punters like to see an underdog do the unthinkable, which Charlie succeeded in doing, and looked astonishing, in the process.

It capped a good couple of weeks for Roche Boxing.

Roche Boxing’s big-hitting Jesse Shaw won the North West Region Schoolboys ABAs, while Joe Shaw went down in a close contest against England squad member Rennie of the Isle of Man in the final of the North West Championships.

England international Dean Thompson was a unanimous winner against Charlie Watt (Heart of Devon), Nicky Perry outboxed a tough opponent from Littleborough, Aqib Mushtaq earned a seventh win in eight outings, while top of the bill Owen Thomas, who lost out to North West champion Jack Flatley (Halliwell).