Browning brothers star as Smith suffers controversial loss
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Brothers Tommy and Levi Browning starred as St Ives Boxing Academy hosted an action-packed Saturday night show.
Thirteen year-old Tommy enjoyed an excellent confidence booster at the Corn Exchange ahead of his quarter final outing in the National Schoolboy Championships later this month.
He inflicted a final round stoppage when facing Ethan Morledge from Aledercar ABC in the fight of the night.
Browning had earlier forced two standing counts before the referee eventually stepped in to halt proceedings.
And younger sibling Levi (11) made a sparkling debut by outclassing March ABC opponent Robert Tanner.
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His taller and heavier rival had won both his previous bouts, but Browning collected a unanimous decision from the judges to live up to his billing of being ‘a little star of the future’ according to club chief Steve Whitwell.
There was also delight for Ritchie Januzsek as he made a winning return to the ring.
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The heavyweight earned a split decision over Jack Eldon from Hurstlea ABC in his first outing for six years.
Januszek unleashed a string of body shots in the final round to impress the judges.
The biggest shock came when Jack Smith was adjudged to have lost a split decision against Callum Cleary
from Luton Academy – even though he appeared to dominate all three rounds.
Whitwell was staggered by the verdict which he branded as ‘the worst I have seen in many years of boxing’.
He added: “No-one in the venue could believe the decision - including Jack’s opponent!
“It is a real shame for Jack, but he has a bright future in the sport and I’m expecting him to go to national honours in the coming years.”
Aaron Francis was also unlucky not to get the nod in a senior bout against Aiden Cassidy of St Mary’s ABC. Both fighters threw plenty of shots in a real crowd-pleaser of a fight.
Harli Whitwell (14) – the younger sister of Great Britain international Shona – caught the eye in a non-scoring skills bout against Poppy Wilton from Eltham.