Annual boxing show in memory of former club member Magno

EMOTIONAL NIGHT -- for Ian Magno's son, Irvin, who put up a brave fight.
EMOTIONAL NIGHT -- for Ian Magno's son, Irvin, who put up a brave fight.

A ten-bell salute kicked off Buxton Amateur Boxing Club’s (ABC) annual show, which was dedicated to the memory of popular former club member, Ian Magno.

Magno died at his home in August at the age of 44, and among the Buxton boxers on the bill at a packed house at the Devonshire Dome was son Irvin.

He stepped in against a classy southpaw opponent from Donnington in a sterling contest that featured some high-calibre boxing.

Magno found himself caught out early with a very sharp and long southpaw backhand in an opening round that went to the travelling corner. But he warmed to the task and enjoyed his best period in round two before the Donnington man edged the third with eyecatching straights and took the decision.

The night began with with a first for Buxton ABC as Kelly Booth competed in the club’s inaugural female hometown contest. Kelly participated in an exhibition contest to provide confidence before moving on to full contests, and she demonstrated that she is more than ready to step up to competitive boxing.

The club’s youngest boxer, Keanan Bates, was matched against Manchester opposition in a re-run from a couple of months earlier. Bates is learning quickly and gaining experience all the time. The contest ebbed and flowed, between two well-schooled boxers, although Bates lost a close decision after his opponent had greater success at range.

Josh Taylor gave weight advantage in a tough match-up against a larger opponent, who looked to lean on him and push in with the shoulder. Taylor used his experience to stay calm and step back from the clinches, having success with his straight right. He was correctly awarded a point for persistent holding and continued about his work in a business-like fashion for the remainder of the bout prior to being awarded a unanimous decision.

In only his second contest, Jack Thoressen found himself matched against a strong opponent, but continues to improve and showed determination and bravery during a difficult bout against a relaxed and capable southpaw. He battled through, and was sensible to keep a high guard and box out the last round on his way to a loss.

Dan Taylor and Adam Sircar suffered unlucky defeats, but Josh Chapman put in a career-best performance in a closely-matched contest. Chapman was urged to let the right hand go and looked like he had his opposite number in trouble on a couple of occasions in the second and third rounds. He did enough to edge the win, but had to work every second and showed desire and aggression to edge over the line.

Liam Burke’s contest was curtailed early after both fighters sustained cuts from an accidental head-clash. Knowing a nasty cut had the potential to limit the bout, Burke pressed forward with an impressive display of power punching, raining consecutive blows on his opponent before the referee jumped in bring the bout to a confusing end, with the Buxton fighter called the winner.

Joe Lampard knew what his opponent brought to the table and was involved in an action-packed affair. It was a contest well worth watching, with the away man landing cleaner shots in rounds one and two, but Lampard hunting a stoppage in the final round. As with all bouts on the bill, it demonstrated terrific conditioning from the boxers involved, and Lampard was unlucky to lose.

The show was closed by Tommy Carter, who was challenging for the Derbyshire belt. He started the bout well behind high guard, and multiple combinations enabled him to edge a thin lead before he was caught by a nice uppercut. After clawing back with a spirited performance, Carter fell to a split decision.