Ashby leads the local charge
FIGHTERS from Trostre Amateur Boxing Club shone in a tournament promoted by the Prizefighter Amateur Boxing Club at Carmarthen Leisure Centre last Friday.
Sixteen-year-old Josh Ashby (Trostre) faced Luke Evans from the home club at 69k.
The bout started well for Ashby as he found his range with the left jab. He continued to box well and was able to block his opponent's hooks on his forearms.
The second round continued with Evans under pressure as Ashby began landing good shots from both hands.
In the third, Josh continued to dominate with good clean punches. He upped the pressure, but was unable to stop a very courageous and committed opponent. The judges awarded Ashby a unanimous points win.
Trostre middleweight Alex Ball was matched with 17-year-old Sam Holland.
This bout had to be an exhibition match, due to the difference in age. Ball was entering the ring for only the second time, and the bout produced some very good boxing from two novices.
The taller Ball boxed well behind a stiff jab and the Carmarthen boy replied well with the occasional jab and hooks. The exhibition turned out to be as good as many contests with both boxers putting in a level of effort which brought applause from the audience.
Trostre light-heavyweight Chris Rees took on Lee Davies. Chris landed a good left jab at the outset. He continued to stalk Davies, jabbing accurately and keeping Davies off balance.
Davies responded well with hooks from both hands. Rees's high guard deflected most of the blows, but it wasn't totally one-sided.
Rees continued with good straight punching in the second, as he forced Davies into retreat.
At the start of the third, Rees tried to go for a stoppage, but found that opening up recklessly allowed Davies back into the fight, as he got caught by one or two decent hooks.
After the initial exchanges, Rees reverted to boxing behind the jab and ran out a comfortable points winner.
Next on was middleweight Kacper Dudzinski (Trostre) against Danny Mitchell (Merlin's Bridge) in a semi-final of the Welsh Divisional Novice Championship.
Mitchell started behind a good left jab and straight right, while Kacper tried to counter with fast hooks and overhand rights.
Dudzinski's fitness showed in the second as he started to find the range with right-hand shots. His jab was also beginning to work.
Mitchell was showing signs of distress, and the referee issued warnings as his gumshield came out on more than one occasion.
Dudzinski's pressure told in the third round as he found the range with a powerful left jab. Dudzinski was awarded the trophy for the best away boxer of the night and now goes on to fight for the Western Divisional Novice title at Ammanford on October 11.