Packed night of boxing boosts Gosport’s coffers

Rosie Ratzer in action

Rosie Ratzer in action

Pompey coaches Robbie Blake and John Keleey. Picture: Joe Pepler

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GOSPORT ABC made a return to Thorngate Hall for their packed dinner show.

A huge turnout gave the club a much-needed cash windfall on a packed card.

And fans of the noble art were treated to an exciting night of action in which a number of the host-club’s boxers excelled.

In the juniors, Tommy Harris shone at 38kg as the 11-year-old took an aggressive unanimous win over Stacey’s Liam Boys.

Owen Sharp (40kg) showed huge heart as he went up against Stacey’s Charlie Martin. The 12-year-old saw the points decision go against him as he ended the contest bravely bloodied.

Martin then delivered a hugely-impressive effort to beat Crawley’s Sulman Mirza on points 24 hours later and keep up his unbeaten record.

Tommy Milchard (13 years, 47kg) also lost a close decision against Moneyfields’ Kyle Bateson in another contest which could have gone either way.

Cowplain’s Harry Robinson showcased his potential as he went up against Gosport’s Brad Sullivan at 53kg.

The split-decision went against Sullivan but his trainer, Darren Blair, is hopeful his improvement will continue in a rematch.

Dom Osborn lost a split-decision to Bognor’s Darren Rowes at 40kg, while Millie Holloway (12 years, 40kg) shone as the show opener in a skills bout against Reading’s Kaitlyin Lenihan.

In the seniors, Darren Hutchinson was in the best bout as he took a unanimous heavyweight win against Ventnor’s Jacob Evans.

His heavyweight brother, Rodney Hutchinson, gave a crowd-pleasing display but saw Ventnor’s Thomas Chisel get the verdict.

John Ball saw a disputed decision go against him in a 72kg clash with Regent’s Nathan Stride.

Shaun McNally lost a split-decision to Elliott Holt at 76kg, while female senior Rosie Ratzer gave her all on her senior bow, but saw Ockley’s Shona Paffey win.

Gosport coach Blair was delighted with the efforts of all the club’s boxers, and admitted the money raised was crucial for his club.

Blair said: ‘It was good to be back at Thorngate Hall. We’ve got some good boxers coming through now and the money keeps us going.’

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