Buxton fighters display true grit

Buxton Amateur Boxing Club, Romans Belousous and John Pickering
Buxton Amateur Boxing Club, Romans Belousous and John Pickering

DERBY County’s Pride Park hosted Derbyshire ABA’s night of championship belt boxing, with three of the ten bouts featuring Buxton boxers.

First up was Jon Pickering against South Normanton’s durable Danny Sampson over four two-minute rounds.

This was Pickering’s first contest over the extended period and he started full of energy, troubling his opponent with his speed and range. The shorter boxer, Sampson, attempted to push forward to get under Pickering’s reach, but the Buxton fighter looked sharp throughout the contest.

While Pickering was inevitably caught out on occasion, he looked to have the better of the earlier rounds.

Moving up to the four-round format well, Pickering went out to secure the contest in the final session, Sampson getting caught as he gamely moved forward to pressure as his opponent used his experience to land straight combinations before moving out of range.

Pickering secured a unanimous points victory after an excellent contest between two of Derbyshire’s most promising junior boxers.

Boxing in a welterweight title belt eliminator against Royal Oaks’ Parker was Romans Belousous.

Parker had reach and height advantage, and Belousous looked to work himself into the contest cautiously over the three three-minute round championship format.

Parker opened confidently and had some success with his long combinations. It wasn’t long before Belousous began to slip the shots and drive forward with his combinations, backing his Derbyshire opponent onto the ropes and looking for the body shots.

During the first interval the Buxton boxer was urged to up the work rate, and during rounds two and three the more dangerous work came from Belousous.

He continued to pressure in the third round and landed with a big hook that looped over Parker’s guard and knocked him to the canvas.

The referee was forced to intervene once again with a standing count as Belousous landed with another powerful combination. This was another top-class senior contest and Belousous was awarded a unanimous victory.

Adam Sircar was forced to strip just under a kilogram in the allocated weigh-in window to meet the 60kg limit before his lightweight title belt contest against Derby opponent, southpaw Hoby.

Sircar was pushed on to the back foot in the early stages as Hoby looked to move in and out, collecting points with his fast combinations.

Sircar’s best round came in the second as his continued effort saw him push forward with more aggression, impacting more with his combinations.

This was a difficult assignment for Sircar who, boxing over the longer championship format for the first time, applied himself well against a strong, fast and powerful boxer.

Sircar lost a good learning exercise on a points decision, but overall this was an excellent result for Buxton boxing on what was an important night on the Derbyshire ABA calendar.