Stamford trio box clever to take plaudits

From left, Chris Gladding, Alfred Smith and Zayn Shirazi of Stamford Boxing Club
From left, Chris Gladding, Alfred Smith and Zayn Shirazi of Stamford Boxing Club

Stamford Boxing Club had an amazing weekend with three boxers performing to the highest level.

Daniel Murphy had his debut bout at Kettering against 
Talko from Kettering Boxing Club.

Murphy’s strict training regime paid off as he was far too strong for Talko and the judges had no option but to award him the win.

On the same night, clubmate Alfred Smith was boxing at St Ives against 
S Kissack from Bristol.

Kissack was a strong opponent but in the first round Smith sent him to the canvas with a straight right hand which landed with precise force.

Kissack was given a standing eight count before being allowed to continue.

Smith knocked him to the floor again in the second round with combinations that were far too strong for his opponent.

In the third round, Kissack was retired by the referee and Smith got the win.

Stamford’s Chris Gladding, an RAF dog handler based at St George’s Barracks at North Luffenham, fought in Lowestoft against T Inns.

This turned out to be a technical senior bout with a superb display of skill from both men.

Gladding and Inns are both strong, upright, boxers with neither wanting to go on the back foot.

Gladding increased the pressure in the third round and proved to be too strong
for his opponent to take the win.

Zayn Shirazi travelled to Norwich for a re-match against L McAllister.

This was a bit of a grudge match as both boys had boxed before in Stamford when Shirazi took the spoils.

McAllister had it all to prove, performing in front of a home crowd, and the pair went toe-to-toe, throwing lots of strong punches.

The fight had the supporters on their feet 
with strong words of encouragement but the winning decision this time went in favour of 

It was Shirazi’s first loss, giving him an outstanding record of seven bouts with six wins.

Stamford had two boxers competing at Saturday’s Chatteris Boxing Club dinner show event at the Cromwell Community College in Chatteris.

Fighting for the first time in three years, 15-year-old Toby Herbert fought back the nerves to win on a unanimous points decision against his Chatteris opponent.

Countering his opponent’s shots with more precise work and heavier hitting, Herbert nullified any of the attacks his opponent offered.

Herbert’s team-mate Connor Moore also boxed at the show and had an unlucky loss against his opponent.

Moore impressed with volleys of punches both in attack and defence and his workrate around the ring was very impressive.

However, his endeavour on this occasion wasn’t rewarded and he lost a fight that could quite easily have been judged in his favour.