Strong performances from Fishponds-based young boxers as Bristol Box Cup returns

July 07 2022
Strong performances from Fishponds-based young boxers as Bristol Box Cup returns

AFTER a break of two years due to the pandemic, the Bristol Box Cup took place at Ashton Gate Stadium.

Organised by Hillfields-based Downend Boxing Club, the event took place over the weekend of June 11-12 and was dedicated to the memory of Bristol boxing stalwart Jim Hill.

Teams from all over the UK, Ireland and Croatia took part in the competition, with classes for male and female boxers born between 2008 and 2010.

In total, 87 contests took place in front of a large audience, including former Commonwealth Bantamweight champion Ash Lane and former WBC World super middleweight champion Glenn Catley.

Representing Downend were 10 year olds Lacey Holloway and Kadon Smith, Charlie Bell (11), and Elijah Sanchez and Tommy Pring (both 12).

Lacey was named best female boxer of the tournament, first winning her semi-final after catching Lexi Bradley from Trojan with a straight right hand, prompting the referee to halt the contest after a protection count, then beating Darcie Evans of Black Country on a unanimous decision in the final, boxing cleverly to avoid her opponent's strong attacks.

Kadon faced Tobari Poplin of Black Country in a special contest. Knocking down his opponent in the second round, Kadon dealt with an excellent comeback to take a unanimous decision from the judges.

Charlie's brave effort against the talented Hayden Field of Didcot in his semi-final was halted following a protection count with seconds to go in the last round, after the Downend boxer had recovered from a shaky start to take the second round.

Elijah took to the ring in determined mood for his semi-final against Reuben Simons of Treforest. Powerful shots from the first bell brought two protection counts, before the referee called a halt in the final round in favour of Elijah.

The final was an amazing contest against Charlie Farrow of Newham.  Both boxers were not giving any ground, in a furious pace from first bell to last.

It was not to be for Elijah on this occasion, the judges giving the win to Charlie.

Tommy's final was against National Irish champion Sean Kelly, who was unbeaten in 12 contests.

The Wexford boxer came straight at Tommy, who met the attacks with straight punches and fast movement, setting a clash of styles.

Sean knew that bit more, and took the decision and the trophy as best International boxer of the tournament.

But Tommy closed his first season of competitive boxing having achieved a regional title, National semi-final and first international bout in just eight contests!

Organiser Jo Turner said: "It was hard work but thanks to the voluntary officials and Downend Boxing team, the event was a massive success."

Craig Turner


Jim Hill's family at the Bristol Box Cup