BOXING: Grantham ABC’s Wallace wins to defende middleweight belt

Nathan Wallace is number one.
Nathan Wallace is number one.
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Grantham Amateur Boxing Club’s Nathan Wallace has successfully defended his Notts and Lincs Challenge middleweight belt.

Fresh from the club’s annual tournament in town, at which he claimed the then vacant belt, Nathan was one of several Grantham ABC boxers who have been out on the road since then.

Nathan’s challenger was the tall Benjamin Douglas of Strelley ABC. The title holder soon found his range and took the first round.

He kept plugging away in the second and stole the round, and then had a lot more to offer than his opponent in the third, completely outclassing Douglas to be awarded the win by a unanimous decision.

Grantham ABC head coach Dean Fardell said Nathan had been a bit careless but then covered up well and a second round of combinations had worked really well, especially his upper cut which they had worked on a lot in training.

Dean said Nathan’s future could even include going pro: “He looks really good. It was a disciplined performance, he’s done really well.

“We’re looking at next season and going into the Elites. You’ve really got to do something in amateur level before thinking of turning professional.”

Dean said Nathan might be defending his belt again in Nottingham on May 16.

Nathan’s clubmate Terry Bennett had a re-match with Jordan Needham (Scunthorpe) in a second attempt to wrest him of his Notts and Lincs welterweight belt. Having lost on a unanimous decision at Grantham, this time he was unlucky to be on the wrong side of a split decision.

Club teenager Curtis Page, 17, made his debut in the ring at short notice against the more experienced B. MacIver.

Despite a unanimous points defeat, Dean said it had been one of the best debut performances he’s seen.