Westway Amateur Boxing Club coach George Rhodes Snr has hailed their trip to tackle Germany’s elite in Berlin as a huge success.
Ross Downie, George Horner, Shaun Ireland, George Rhodes Jnr of Westway and Jamie Scotter of Scarborough ABC flew to Berlin to tackle the cream of the German amateur ranks and Rhodes Snr was delighted as the Scarborough fighters weren’t held their own.
Rhodes Snr said: “They pulled in the German Elite Squad, who will be looking to go to the Olympics in 2016, and our lads coped really well.
“Their coach came over after the fights and said he had Googled Scarborough and was amazed by how small a place it was and that he’s going to have to come over to see what we’re doing with the lads as he was really impressed.”
Flyweight Downie was first up as he met Isaev Movsar, a former Russian international who has moved to Germany.
Movsar’s slick movement saw him edge the first round, but Downie started to find his mark in the second.
The home fighter came back into it in the third and claimed the points decision.
Lightweight Horner followed Downie into the ring and was always the aggressor against his taller opponent Mike Jade.
Jade, trying to keep the fight long, was unable to force Horner onto the back foot and the Westway man’s superb switching from head to body attacks saw him to the win.
Ireland took on former German champion Theo Krechlok and matched the awkward southpaw blow-for-blow.
After a quiet first round, both men found the target in the second and third, with the Westway contingent hoping Ireland had done enough.
Krechlok was awarded the decision though, much to the disappointment of Rhodes.
Rhodes Jnr took on imposing light middleweight Marlon Tunger, conceding a noticable disparity in weight.
Despite Tunger’s physical advantage, Rhodes Jnr’s superior movement and front-foot tactics looked to have won him the fight, only for the German to be awarded a controversial victory.
Last into the ring was Scarborough ABC’s Jamie Scotter, who took on Jamny Kumande at light heavyweight.
Kumande’s reputation preceded him after he has beaten a lot of highly-rated Germans.
Scotter thought he’d done enough after an entertaining fight, only for the judges to award Kumande a split decision victory.
Rhodes Snr added; “It was a great experience for the lads. None of them were outclassed and they did us proud.”