Burnley boxer Nick claims show award

Prize guy: Nick Perry won the Fighter of the Year accolade after an impressive display in Leicester
Prize guy: Nick Perry won the Fighter of the Year accolade after an impressive display in Leicester

Roche Boxing’s fighters have been on the winning track recently, fighting around the country.

Joe Shaw, fighting at 64kg and unbeaten in five bouts, beat hot prospect Tom Hessin of Braunstone ABC on the Leicester club’s home show, winning every round on all judges’ scorecards.

Hessin reached the national junior finals in 2013 and lost only on a split decision in the final.

Nick Perry was next up to silence the home crowd, and he did it with style in a boxing masterclass against, on paper, an opponent with better pedigree.

Perry gave his opponent two standing counts and won the contest on all three judges’ scorecards, with fans at the show voting for him as fighter of the night.

Next up to give, Roche the hat-trick on the night, Owen Thomas was up against big-punching Marvin Usher of Nottingham, with Thomas winning by split decision in a cracking contest.

The Roche trio were presented to the Leicester crowd afterwards to massive applause and appreciation.

Meanwhile, in the North West ABA Semi-Finals, Rawtenstall’s hot prospect Jack Steff boxed Amir Khan’s stablemate B. Rennie at Walkden Sixth Form College on Saturday.

Steff won the first round comfortably, until a slight lack of concentration with six seconds to go in the first round conceded a flash knockdown.

Steff, raring to go in the second round, completely outboxed Rennie and pushed the fight to the limits, with Rennie happy to hear the bell,

The third round was very similar to the second, as Steff had his man on the backfoot.

The crowd applauded both boxers for a great fight, but the judges decided to go with a controversial win for Rennie, with the flash knockdown maybe the turning point.

Steff is now looking in to the near future and turning professional, and hoping to follow his trainer’s footsteps in the pro ranks.

With a number of promoters and managers interested in him, he has a bright future ahead!

And on Sunday, at the Nottingham Festival Inn, in Trowell, Roche boxer Dean Thompson - an England representative from Colne - boxed Scotland international Jake Morgan, who is based in Nottingham.

Morgan got the nod by a split decision, the judges scoring it 29-28.

In action again less than 40 hours after his last bout, Nick Perry was up against Nick Henson of Phoenix ABC - Carl Froch’s amateur club - with both lads cancelling each other out with jabs.

The judges gave the verdict to the local man after a good bout, part of a learning curve for Perry, who hopes for a rematch on the Roche home show at Byerden House, with tickets £10.