Buxton amateur boxer Jordan Bennett travelled to the Leicester Railwaymans show to box undefeated home talent Thorpe in a 55kg junior contest.
Bennett, hoping to make it a hat-trick of victories, looked to press after backing his opponent onto the ropes with his jab, with Thorpe making it an interesting first round with his own strong southpaw attacks.
Bennett was told to push forward in round two and look to land the straight right, and once again Thorpe battled back with good shots of his own. Bennett needed to score big in the last and, with his opponent docked a point for holding. This set-up a thrilling end to the bout, with both lads driving forward and demonstrating an excellent will to win.
Bennett lost this one on the judges’ cards, a fair decision on reflection, but was rightfully happy with a solid performance against a capable opponent.