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Beswick lifts Essex title
10:11am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER Amateur Boxing Club welterweight John Beswick has been crowned Essex Senior Novice champion.
Beswick beat Brentwood Youth ABC’s Adrian Martin, at the ABA Class B under-20 championships.
He secured a convincing unanimous decision to book his place in the Eastern Counties Final in Norwich tomorrow.
Beswick had a bye into the final against Martin, who despite having already boxed in the semi-final was determined give his all.
The final started at a quick pace, with Martin throwing long straight punches and Beswick used evasive defences and quick foot-work to move in and out of range.
Beswick’s faster hand speed and more accurate power punches caught the judges’ eye and allowed him to establish an early lead.
In the second round, Martin forced his way back into the contest by throwing two-hand attacks and matching Beswick’s work rate.
The pace slowed in the third round and Beswick varied his attacks to Martin’s head and body, with some well-timed body shots allowing him to stretch his lead.
Martin bravely rallied in the final round, but a few flurries of fast combination punching was enough for the Colchester fighter to claim victory.
Meanwhile, Colchester ABC’s Frazer Wood enjoyed a winning amateur boxing debut, after beating home boxer Kieron Pierce in Hastings.
The 19-year-old secured a majority points decision, to maintain Colchester’s unbeaten record this season after eight contests.
Both heavyweights showed determination in an exciting contest, with the opening round boxed at good pace.
Wood tried to use his speed and boxing skills, while Pierce relied on accurate power punching out of his southpaw stance.
Finding it hard to work out Pierce’s awkward style, Wood landed short with some of his shots which allowed the Hastings boxer to counter-punch with some eye-catching shots.
Wood stayed competitive in the second round and used his quick jab and superior movement but Pierce’s accurate counter punching saw him stretch his lead.
The Colchester boxer knew he had to draw on all of his reserves in the final round, if he was to stand any chance of victory.
Both boxers went toe to toe, throwing combination punches to head and body, with Pierce attempting to revert to crafty counter-punching without success.
Wood landed a succession of scoring blows, pushing Pierce from corner to corner and against the ropes.
And in the final seconds, Wood landed a flurry of telling shots to force the referee into a standing count and claim an impressive win.