Good debuts

HALF a dozen Stevenage boxers were in action at a show in Royston on Saturday. Three made their ring debuts but all lost narrowly. Eleven-year-old southpaw Dan Ovendon lost a close decision to Nemesis boxer Andrew Middleton. Another 11-year-old, Terry Jon

HALF a dozen Stevenage boxers were in action at a show in Royston on Saturday.

Three made their ring debuts but all lost narrowly.

Eleven-year-old southpaw Dan Ovendon lost a close decision to Nemesis boxer Andrew Middleton.

Another 11-year-old, Terry Jones, never stopped punching for three rounds against Sandy's Liam Dunne.


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He was unfortunate to lose a majority decision.

Stevenage's competition secretary Dave Blows said both boys are ones for the future.

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Senior debutant Danny Grimes was involved in a baptism of fire against Finchley's Brian Eliot.

Exciting 11-year-old prospect Sonny Smith appeared to have done more than enough to defeat Berinsfield's Fred Smith. Surprisingly the Oxfordshire boxer got the verdict.

The most extraordinary decision was the defeat of Bradley Evans.

In his home town with 300 fans roaring him on, Evans seemed to comfortably win all four rounds against Ferry Street boxer Danny Naylor.

His King's Lynn opponent was hurt on a couple of occasions and was dropped to the canvas by a big right in the second round.

But a puzzled ref had to lift the arm of Naylor to deny the Stevenage boxer what looked a formality.

Blows added that the club will lodge a formal complaint to the ABA over the two judges in question.

Pete Samuels, a 25-year-old welterweight, secured Stevenage's only win of the night.

Samuels had the edge in skill against Finchley boxer Dave Dorian to secure his sixth straight victory.

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