Boxing: Super Sugden doesn’t disappoint

Hundreds packed into St Ives Corn Exchange for cracking night of boxing on Friday.

NEARLY 300 fight goers squeezed into the Corn Exchange for St Ives Boxing Academy’s home show on Friday night and were treated to 14 cracking bouts.

In the seniors for St Ives, super heavyweight Tersoo Sugden - making his first appearance on a club home show - didn’t disappoint as he won a unanimous decision over Jamie Lennard of Hastings ABC.

Sugden was by far the superior boxer and picked off his opponent as he came forward.

He did tire badly towards the end, but a big finish in the last almost stopped the game but limited Hastings boxer.

Tommy Maguire, meanwhile, was up against old opponent Wes Clarke, who he had previously beaten twice, but this time lost on a split decision.

It was a tidy match, with both boys scoring throughout the four rounds and it could have gone either way.

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Bradley Chapman - making his final appearance - was up against the very experienced Gary Corcoran from Stowe ABC.

It turned out to be a bit untidy throughout, but a still a good scrap nonetheless.

Chapman failed to really get his boxing off to good effect and got drawn into a toe to toe battle, which suited Corcoran a lot more and he won a split decision to steal a final win for the St Ives boxer.

Local favourite Dan Meston was up against the more experienced Armando Lopes from Dagenham and was unlucky to lose on a split decision.

The usual gung-ho Meston tried boxing in the first round but Lopes was a very clever boxer and kept catching Meston on the way in.

In the last two rounds Meston got a lot more aggressive and found his range, continually pinning Lopes against the ropes and unloading shots to head and body.

It did seem as though Meston did enough to take a win after really hurting his opponent in the last round but narrowly missed out.

Boxer of the night went to Bradley Smith after his near perfect performance in the nine junior fights that started the night – with Smith getting a unanimous decision against Patrick Scott of Kings Heath.

Scott Pepper got a majority decision against Sullivan Rickett of Bennys while Martin Rooney was a unanimous victor against Kings Heath’s Ben Vaughn.

Shona Whitwell, meanwhile, was unlucky to lose out on a majority decision against Victory ABC’s Millie Morgan.