Westway ABC’s Lewis Spaven saw his Schoolboy ABA dream come to a halt at the weekend.
The 13-year-old had powered his way through to the national quarter-finals of the 50kg category with some fine performances.
But he was edged out on a split points decision by Newbiggin fighter Owen Rees at the Houghton-le-Spring Arena.
Spaven suffered an early blow when he was controversially handed a public warning after a first round tangle.
This left in behind his opponent, but the Westway contingent thought Spaven had done enough in the final two rounds to book a place in the nationa semis.
The local judges thought otherwise though, awarding the bout to Rees.
Westway coach George Rhodes said: “Lewis has done really well this year. Anything past the Yorkshires is a bonus and he has moved through to the national quarters.
“We felt that the decision went against us a little, but it was all good experience for Lewis. It will help him when he gets back to it next year.”
Four Scarborough ABC boxers were in action, as Bridlington ABC hosted a thrilling show.
Top of the bill was middleweight Kyle O’Toole against former national champion Zac Stabler (pictured left).
Stabler was stepping into the ring for the final time after 43 contests, one of which had seen him beaten by O’Toole.
There was terrific support for both boxers in the Royal Hall and after an even opening minute, Stabler was left with a bloodied nose before the end of the first round.
Both men landed good shots within seconds halfway through the second round and O’Toole was also bleeding when the bell sounded.
It was too close to call going into the last, but after leaving his corner for the final time, Stabler somehow found the energy to step up his work-rate, during the final two minutes.
On an emotional evening for the Bridlington man, he was given a split decision for one of the toughest wins he’s earned to date.
Roared on by a vocal contingent from Scarborough, heavyweight Oliver Battye was dominant from start to finish in his fight against Lee Chappel from Grantham, picking up a win after a split decision.
The first schoolboy contest of the evening saw a well-matched 31kg bout between Scarborough ABC’s Harry Ingle and Joe Peat from West Hull, with Ingle getting a split decision from the judges.
Meanwhile, referee Scott Duncan publicly congratulated Scarborough’s Robert Lee, who faced Gabe Rollins from the Horden ABC for a cracking 46kg junior contest, which Rollins won unanimously.