Video & Gallery: Spectacular night of boxing in Wisbech
By ADAM LAZZARI WISBECH Amateur Boxing Club are looking to hold an open-air fight night in the summer after the huge success of their first show in five years. The club staged 14 fights at Thomas Clarkson Community College in front of special guest, two-t
By ADAM LAZZARI
WISBECH Amateur Boxing Club are looking to hold an open-air fight night in the summer after the huge success of their first show in five years.
The club staged 14 fights at Thomas Clarkson Community College in front of special guest, two-time world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide on Saturday night.
Wisbech coach Buddy Lee said: "What a fantastic night! It takes a lot of hard work to put on an event like this and there were a few nerves but we've had a great turn-out and everything has gone according to plan.
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"The Wisbech boxers have done me proud. Eli Frankham is the fan favourite here and he put on a first class show against a tough opponent.
"The club can now go from strength to strength. We're hoping to stage an open-air show at the Thomas Clarkson tennis courts in the summer. What a night that would be.
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"We're very grateful to the college for allowing us to stage this event."
Wisbech's Jack Gleave, Lol Manning, Marcos Mylozis, Caulton Mills and European schoolboy champion Frankham all won their bouts while Martin Boon and Sharbaz Aslam showed great grit and determination in their defeats.
Two other Wisbech boxers, Faz Lodhi and Lewis Lee took part in skills bouts.
Whittlesey boxer Michael Boyden secured a second-round win after Arron Gardner, from Billborough, was retired by his corner while Boyden's club-mate Jamie Grant was retired in the first-round of his contest with Cheshunt's Martin Reay.
The packed crowd went crazy during Frankham's fight against The Academy's Daniel Breully.
An explosive round one saw the two fighters cancel each other out in the first round but Frankham landed some thunderous body shots in the second.
A stunning left hook saw Breully given a standing eight-count in the final round and the home fighter landed another big body shot on his way to the unanimous points win.
Hide, who presented trophies throughout the night, said: "I've really enjoyed it and I've been pretty impressed by what I've seen.
"I started boxing at Norwich Boys Club and went on to become an ABA champion before I became a professional. It's been good to come back to the grass roots of boxing and there was a lot of talent on display."
Hide will be fighting for the world cruiserweight title next year.
Victory would see him become the only boxer in history to win both heavyweight and cruiserweight world titles.