BOXING: Grantham teenager goes in the ring with ‘Ali’ - and wins!

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A fighter from Grantham Amateur Boxing Club won his debut bout against an opponent named Mohammed Ali.

Sixteen-year-old junior heavy-weight Sam Steadman took on the Huthwaite ABC boxer at Forest Town Miners Welfare last Friday.

Although sporting a name similar to arguably the greatest heavyweight of all time – Muhammad Ali – fellow debutant Ali lost nevertheless on points to the Grantham man.

Sam came out in the first round with his upright style, and put in plenty of jabs to outbox his opponent. He carried on in the same vein throughout to give the judges an easy decision.

Grantham ABC coach Dean Fardell said: “Sam kept flowing, jabbing and moving. He has a lovely boxing style.”

Sam is back in the ring tonight with a bout at Immingham.

Another of Fardell’s heavyweight charges – Lee Chapple – cruised to victory in his first bout for the Grantham club.

The 22-year-old took on Calverton WMC’s Paul Stephenson on his home turf and stopped him in the first round.

Lee caught Stephenson with a couple of jabs early on and the referee gave him a standing eight count. Lee stopped the Calverton man midway through the opening round.

Fardell said: “Lee hit him with a jab and a right, followed by a left hook – and he bit the dust.

“Lee has done very well, and done the club proud.”