Tamlyn wins Witherspoon praise

Boxing'Portsmouth ABC'at Liquid Envy Nightclub''From left'Portsmouth ABC coaches Mike Clark, Colin Hooker, former heavyweight champion of the world Tim Witherspoon and Portsmouth ABC coach Wayne Gardiner
Boxing'Portsmouth ABC'at Liquid Envy Nightclub''From left'Portsmouth ABC coaches Mike Clark, Colin Hooker, former heavyweight champion of the world Tim Witherspoon and Portsmouth ABC coach Wayne Gardiner
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Helen Tamlyn drew praise from ex-world heavyweight boxing champion Tim Witherspoon for her display at Portsmouth nightclub Liquid & Envy.

Although she was beaten in a close battle with Surbiton’s Katie Sturdy, Tamlyn helped lift the crowd on to their feet with a sparkling performance.

It was fast-and-furious action all the way as the duo locked horns at 60kg.

Portsmouth ABC’s Tamlyn, 19, missed out on the verdict as Sturdy was crowned winner on a majority points decision.

But Witherspoon, patron of Sturdy’s Surbiton club, was impressed by what he saw as he turned up, unexpectedly, to watch the action.

‘It was the bout of the night for me,’ said Witherspoon, who famously beat Frank Bruno at Wembley Stadium in 1986 and twice won world titles.

Portsmouth ABC coach Wayne Gardiner was stunned when Witherspoon made his appearance at the event.

‘Tim was phenomenal,’ said Gardiner.

‘He turned up with Surbiton and had lots of pictures taken and handed out trophies for us.’

Tamlyn, a silver medallist at the British Universities Championships in March, was well matched with Sturdy and Gardiner felt the verdict could have gone either way.

‘It was non-stop action – both girls did not stop throwing shots,’ said the coach.

‘Styles make fights and it was great that two women totally outshone the men on the night.

‘Helen was upset she didn’t get the win but it was her best performance to date.

‘She came forward, was aggressive and showed plenty of work-rate.’