Stamford boxers excel in championship fights

Stamford ABC Boxers, Zayn Shirazi, right, and Conner Moore EMN-140513-114525001
Stamford ABC Boxers, Zayn Shirazi, right, and Conner Moore EMN-140513-114525001
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Stamford boxers have been fighting it out for titles across the Midlands in recent weeks.

Stamford ABC boxer Bryce Drury, aged 12, travelled to Hull to compete against the more experienced Joshua Peat from West Hull ABC.

The fight was Drury’s first outing since Stamford’s home show in March .

Drury had an amazing win at the home show and was biting at the bit to do the same in Hull. The bout consisted of three 90-second rounds but every punch that was thrown was done so with correct technique and determination from both boxers .

Drury has an attacking style and took it to his opponent from the off, quickly forcing a standing eight in the second round .

Peat found it very hard to find his rhythm and took more flurries of combinations from Drury that meant the winner with a unanimous verdict was a very happy Drury.

Stamford boxers Zane Shirazi and Conner Moore represented the club in the East Midlands semi-finals of the Junior ABA Championships in Mansfield on May 3.

Shirazi boxed Joe Allcock from Scunthorpe.

Alcock, being the more experienced boxer, took the first round which meant Shirazi had to pick up his game and come out with intent in the second round to prove to the judges that he deserved to be in this competition.

The Stamford fighter put together combinations that he has been perfecting in the gym and unloaded his big punch to leave Alcock stunned and wishing for the bout to be 
over.

Shirazi reacted to Alcocks’ weakness and the last round gave him the victory he deserved.

The victory meant Shirazi had to box again on May 5 in Nottingham, against Patrick Smith from Kings Heath Boxing Club, Northampton.

The Stamford boxer again came out for the first round of this bout with a relaxed frame of mind which allowed Smith to get the upper hand.

But he came out in the second with strong combinations that dropped Smith to the canvas.

Smith had no answer for strength of his opponent and the bout turned into an opportunity for Shirazi to show off his skill and determination. After the third round, Shirazi and the coaches thought the decision had to be given to the Stamford fighter as he was the more dominant boxer, but Smith was given the controversial decision.

Shirazi is back in training and hoping for a rematch with Smith .

Clubmate Conner Moore also boxed at Mansfield on May 3, taking on R Aziz from Leicester Unity boxing club.

In a well-matched bout, both boxers put on a great performance.

Conner is a long upright boxer who knows how to 
work his opponents with an array of shots and outstanding skills. This meant that Aziz was not to have it all his own way .

Both boxers desperately wanted to get through to the next round and progress through the championships and it showed in their efforts.

The bout was so tight it was to prove very hard for the judges to decide a winner, but unfortunately Conner finished on the losing end of the decision.

The Stamford coaches said that all boxers have performed to a very high standard and should be proud of their performances.