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Falmouth and Penryn boxers get a taste of big fight night action

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

  • HARD SLOG: Falmouth and Penryn Amateur Boxing Club's Chris Sloggit (right) takes on Alex Stevens from St Agnes Amateur Boxing Club at Threemilestone Social Club on Saturday night. And pictured inset, Falmouth and Penryn's Ralph Brett (right) and David Thomas from Penzance get close during their bout. Jonathan Jacobs.

  • HEAD TO HEAD: Falmouth and Penryn's Ralph Brett (right) and David Thomas from Penzance get close during their bout. Jonathan Jacobs.

  • FOCUS: Falmouth and Penryn's Gemma Tann goes toe to with Sarah Lees from Combe Martin Amateur Boxing Club. Jonathan Jacobs.

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BOXERS from Falmouth and Penryn Amateur Boxing Club were in action on Saturday night at the Truro Boxing Club Show with two making their debuts on the big stage.

Competition was fierce at the Threemilestone Community Centre as young boxers from across the county pitted their wits against each other.

Gemma Tann faced Sarah Lees, from Coombe Martin, Devon, for her first contest.

Throughout the bout, Tann landed good solid punches, which rocked Lees, but the Coombe Martin boxer kept her cool and used her considerable height advantage to score from beyond the reach of Tann, eventually taking a hard earned win on a split points decision.

Brett Ralph has recently added lots of roadwork to his training schedule, and this paid dividends for him against southpaw David Thomas, from Penzance, in a closely fought contest.

Ralph pressed forwards throughout the three rounds, his strength and stamina proving too much for Thomas to reply to by the end of the third round, leaving his unanimous points decision a mere formality when the final bell rang.

Super heavyweight Chris Slogett topped the bill on his debut against Alec Stevens, of St Agnes ABC.

Stevens dominated the first round, with a good display of boxing, using fast punches and good footwork to pick up points whilst keeping out of Slogett's reach.

Round two began as round one had ended, but Slogett, encouraged by the crowd, responded by smashing home some heavy punches through Stevens' guard and raising the tempo, sustaining pressure on the St Agnes man throughout the rest of the round, leaving the bout poised on a knife edge going into round three.

The final round saw both boxers landing massive punches as the contest swung one way, then the other, with almost nothing to separate them.

Entertainment

A final flurry of punches from Stevens in the dying seconds proved enough to clinch a split decision from the judges and end an excellent boxing show, with a lot of credit going to Truro Boxing Club, for providing such an enthralling evening's entertainment.

Falmouth and Penryn Amateur Boxing Club trains at the Dracena Centre on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and welcomes new members hoping to compete or keep fit.

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