BOXING: Grantham heavyweight Sam remains unbeaten

Sam Stedman. Photo: Fardell Photography
Sam Stedman. Photo: Fardell Photography
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A young heavyweight from Grantham Amateur Boxing Club remains unbeaten after his latest fight.

In his fourth bout for the club, Sam Stedman took on Conor Severns (Tom Hill ABC) at Denaby and Cadeby Miners Welfare, Doncaster.

With junior bouts making up the rest of the card on the night, Sam’s senior fight was the main attraction.

The Grantham man took the fight to his opponent in the first of the three rounds. He notched some good points but let himself down a little defensively.

Severns came back in the second round but was finished by the third and Sam triumphed with a majority judges’ decision.

Grantham ABC head coach Dean Fardell said his charge had made hard work for himself: “It was definitely not brilliant. He did what he had to do and jabbed and moved well.

“But he needs to brush on it. I told him he could have lost it.”

Another success story for Dean is light-welterweight Jordan Davies who was in action against Daniel Ferrar at Coventry Triumph Social Club.

Jordan had his opponent on the back foot in the first round, putting him under a lot of pressure with left and right hooks. He maintained his efforts in the second round, although Ferrar began to come back at him.

Ferrar began well in the third but Jordan rallied to win the round and take victory.

Dean said: “All credit to him. It’s his third fight now and he’s won the last two. Jordan has come into his own, but he does take too many shots.”

The downside for Grantham ABC this week was middleweight Nathan Wallace losing his Central Area belt at Newark Showground on Thursday night.

In a bitterly cold venue, Nathan fought out three three-minute rounds against Joe Stevenson (Wallsall Wood ABC) who has only lost 10 times in a solid career.

Nathan stole the opener but his opponent edged back in an even second round. Stevenson came back quite strongly in the third with some crisp combinations and took the decision.

Dean said Nathan had a cold prior to the fight and that they hoped to get the belt back in the new year: “It was a cracking bout but Joe was always one punch better.”

Dean said he was really pleased with how things were going at the Alexandra Road-based boxing club: “We have got some good lads at the moment. Things are looking good.”