Fight night under the lights for Buxton ABC

Buxton ABC open show,
Buxton ABC open show,

Buxton ABC put on a memorable night at their annual amateur show at the Devonshire Dome last Friday.

The club saw eight home-grown fighters take part, with an additional six bouts taking place involving competitors from surrounding areas.

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Buxton’s Keenan Bates made his debut after becoming eligible to box on his 11th birthday the week prior.

Any first night nerves were well-controlled as Bates put on an excellent display of boxing against a more experienced opponent, eventually going down to a narrow defeat.

Josh Chapman was unlucky as he got caught cold in the opening round of his bout.

After a tight opening Chapman got clipped on the top of the head, sending him to the canvas.

He bravely attempted to beat the count before the contest was waved off.

Giann Magno showed terrific discipline prior to his bout to make weight and started the contest immediately on the front foot successfully landing fast, accurate flurries.

After a scorching start Magno pressed to take a wide first round against a very strong and capable opponent.

He continued to ooze class during the contest landing regularly with hard right-handers as he waltzed to victory against his southpaw opponent.

Josh Taylor was matched against tough Staffordshire opposition but he impressed throughout the contest on the way to a deserved victory.

Building on an excellent performance the previous week, Max Wainwright entered the ring full of confidence.

This showed as a succession of jabs and stern defence earned him a second success of the new season.

Jon Pickering had been due to box for the Derbyshire 81kg Belt, but following a withdrawal he elected to box open class opposition from Macclesfield at his preferred 75kg limit.

These boxers have been regular sparring partners and the expected chess match was much more explosive than anticipated, with Pickering only losing out on a split decision.

Adam Sircar put in a terrific performance against a skilled Staffordshire opponent and showed real potential for the remainder of the season.

This was a difficult assignment against a skilful southpaw with very fast hands.

Although Sircar equipped himself well, he lost by a narrow margin.

Irvine Magno closed the show for Buxton, with a barnstorming encounter.

He was up against Staffordshire’s Khan in a rematch.

Magno knew he had to be on his game to win, and his performance demonstrated his dedication and professionalism in the gym.

For three, three-minute rounds both boxers put in an exemplary display of boxing before Magno was awarded a unanimous victory to round off a memorable night for Buxton ABC.