Westway’s KO success

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WESTWAY Boxing Club’s show at the Crown Spa Hotel was a knockout success with nine of their 12 fighters claiming victory in an action-packed night.

Twelve-year-old John Joe Horner was the first home boxer to appear, losing out to Barnsley boxer Joe Eagan in a 40 kilo contest.

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Jake Philips, also 12, secured Westway’s opening win, boxing nicely to gain revenge over Jay Farrow, of St Pauls Academy.

Joe Blackwell also won his fight against Scunthorpe Centurions’ Shane Smith with a confident display, though Connor Bains, on his debut, lost out against Hashim Rehman (Kingston Hull ABC).

In the first senior fight of the night, Chance Wedge, 17, took on Jonny Smith, of the Raging Bull club in Leeds, in a flyweight bout.

Chance was giving weight away to his opponent, but came strong at the end of the first and it was no surprise when he won on points.

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Nineteen-year-old Callum Pavier won the Westway fighter of the night award after a fine win against Luke Burrell (Harrogate ABC).

The heavily-muscled Burrell came out strong from the first bell of this light-heavyweight bout, but Pavier’s quicker head-shots and fast footwork caught the Harrogate lad off guard. Pavier stopped his opponent in the second round, claiming a superb victory.

Mitch Wedge, elder brother of Chance, won on a narrow points decision against Hebden Bridge’s Hassan Mahmood in a light-middleweight contest.

After two hectic rounds a body-blow from Mahmood aggravated an old rib injury of Mitch’s and it seemed as if the home fighter was set to falter.

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The 19-year-old, who was giving both weight and age away to Mahmood, refused to give in and showed true grit to battle through the final round, earning the narrowest of points decisions thanks to his efforts in the first two rounds.

Thirty-four-year-old Gordon Gibb then carried on the winning form for Westway with a stylish display against Andrew Jackson.

Gibb’s accurate jabs kept Doncaster-based light-heavyweight Jackson at bay for the three rounds as he gained a points decision.

Veteran cruiserweight Al Edwards claimed revenge in his majority points decision against Lee Farndale (South Normanton).

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The visiting boxer started well, but Edwards kept smashing his big right-handers over and pushing his man back to net the win.

Jamie Heritage, 24, returned to action after a four-year absence with a unanimous points decision win in a excellent fight against Grimsby’s Nathan French.

George Horner, 19, won in a toe-to-toe bout against Luke Keleher (Hebden Bridge), wining by a single point.

The final fight of the night saw George Rhodes Jnr lose out on a split points decision to John Doherty, of Brambles Farm ABC.

Westway’s George Rhodes Snr said: “To have nine wins from 12 fighters was a superb achievement on a cracking night of boxing which was a credit to boxing in this area.”

Event organiser Craig Salt said: “I would like to thank Crown Spa Hotel for providing such a superb venue and an excellent meal on the night, and Andrew Cunningham, of Flamingo Land for donating auction prizes, and also all the bout sponsors for their support.

“Without these people we would not be able to put on such good entertaining shows.”

Results (Westway unless stated)

Kelvin Quinn (Barnsley Star) beat Osama Kaleen (Karmand Centre); Joe Eagan (Barnsley Star) beat John Joe Horner; Jake Philips beat Jay Farrow (St Pauls Academy); Joe Blackwell beat Shane Smith (Scunthorpe Centurions); Hashim Rehman (Kingston Hull ABC) beat Connor Bains; Chance Wedge beat Jonny Smith (Raging Bull, Leeds); Callum Pavier beat Luke Burrell (Harrogate ABC); Mitch Wedge beat Hassan Mahmood (Hebden Bridge); Gordon Gibb beat Andrew Jackson (Balby ABC, Doncaster); Al Edwards beat Lee Farndale (South Normanton SOB); Jamie Heritage beat Nathan French (Grimsby ABC); George Horner beat Luke Keleher (Hebden Bridge BC); John Doherty (Brambles Farm ABC beat George Rhodes Jnr.