Two of Grantham Amateur Boxing Club’s young hopefuls were in action last week.
The pair had mixed results, with one on the wrong end of a controversial split decision and the other enjoying victory.
Unbeaten heavyweight Lee Chappell travelled all the way to Bridlington where he took on Oliver Battye (Scarborough ABC) at The Spa Theatre.
Grantham ABC head coach Dean Fardell said Lee made a mistake in the first round which made it “a bit of a war”. But his charge dominated the second round, putting some punches together and outboxing his opponent.
The third round was much the same, although the brawling Battye came back strongly and the always controversial split decision was given. It went, almost inevitably, to the local boxer.
Fighting his first bout for almost a year, Dean said it was disappointing for Lee to have lost his unbeaten record to such a decision: “If he lost it, it was in the first round; he was a bit ring-rusty. But it was a very good, gallant performance.”
Middleweight Terry Bennett returned to the ring, after a split decision defeat several weeks ago, to take on another RAF opponent, Jason Brasen (Boston ABC), at the Haven High Academy in Boston.
Terry dominated from the word go, defending well and using his jab. He came forward more in the second round, mixing it as Brasen tried to assert himself.
His opponent continued to pressure in the final round but Terry picked him off to take the decision.
Dean said his man had come back well from the disappointment of his recent loss: “He boxed really well. It was an excellent performance.
“I’m really pleased and proud of both my lads.”