Scarboro boxing stars shine at dinner show

Fourteen-year-old Riley Metcalf shows his delight after beating Zak Sowersby at Scarborough ABCs dinner show at North Marine Road ''''''                  Pictures by Andy Standing
Fourteen-year-old Riley Metcalf shows his delight after beating Zak Sowersby at Scarborough ABCs dinner show at North Marine Road '''''' Pictures by Andy Standing

Ten of Scarborough Amateur Boxing Club’s young fighters shone in front of a packed crowd at their dinner show at Scarborough Cricket Club last Friday.

Kicking off the night of action in the packed marquee at North Marine Road was 10-year-old debutant Esme Ingle, who was taking on Stella Blackley, taking part in her second contest, in a skills bout.

Bobby Cappleman, red vest, in action during his impressive win against Levi Whittingham of Pattingham Boxing Club

Bobby Cappleman, red vest, in action during his impressive win against Levi Whittingham of Pattingham Boxing Club

Esme Ingle showed good skills as she was cheered on by a supportive crowd in her three-round encounter.

Up next was 11-year-old Bobby Cappleman, taking on Levi Whittingham of Pattingham ABC.

Bobby Cappleman outworked his opponent in all three rounds, showing fast hands and good movement to take a unanimous points win.

Eleven-year-old Murphy Jenkinson was next in the ring to fight Ward Degan’s Bailey Courtney.

Murphy Jenkinson used his height and reach advantage to good effect to control the contest and seal a uninimous points win.

Joe Cappleman, 12, then stepped into the ring to take on Louis Ginifer of Fusion ABC.

In a hard-fought, all-action three-round contest, it was Joe Cappleman’s workrate and switch-hitting from body to head that caught the eye of the judges and landed him a split decision points win.

Riley Metcalf then put in the performance of the night, the 14-year-old beating Zak Sowersby from Ward Degans.

In a rematch of their fight just a couple of weeks ago on Sowersby’s home turf in Darlington, Metcalf secured another victory, but this time altogether more resounding as he dominated from first bell to last, outboxing his southpaw performance.

Justin Rudd, 16, was up next in action against Ben Adams, who he had lost against recently.

Rudd struggled in the first round against southpaw Adams, but came into the contest in the second and third roudnds to exact revenge and seal a split decision victory.

Zeke Gledhill, 15, took on Lewis Carroll of Seacroft Boxing Club.

Gledhill suffered a bad nose-bleed and struggled to get into the fight, but battled on bravely throughout the three rounds, but the visiting Carroll had his hand raised.

Reece Harris-Mann, 16, then grabbed the only stoppage win of the evening as the referee had to jump in to save Bilton Hall’s Jack Murphy just 20 seconds into the first round.

Harry Ingle then took on Platinum ABC’s Marcus Whitham.

After a cagey opening round where both fighters tried to work each other out, it appeared Ingle controlled proceedings with his superior ringcraft and skills, but after an all-action contest Whitham was awared a split decision win, much to the surprise of the crowd.

There was another surprise decision in the final bout of the night as Tom Jenkinson took on Patrick Cairns of Laces ABC.

Jenkinson appeared to control the bout, landing several punishing blows to Cairns’ body, but the judges handed the away fighter a split decision win.

Despite the two surprising defeats, coach John Brownlie was delighted with how the show went.

He said: “Thank you to everyone who attended on the night and made it a success.

“We’re delighted with how the show went and will definitely look to return there again.”