Annual show packs a punch

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BUXTON Amateur Boxing Club hosted its second annual show in the excellent surroundings of the town’s Devonshire Dome last Friday.

A number of late cancellations forced many of the Buxton squad to concede weight on the scales to ensure a contest.

First up was Giann Magno, who gave an excellent performance against a strong Runcorn opponent. Magno was forced to use his hand speed and slick movement in a tough contest, and although he was pushed to a close finish Magno secured a good points victory.

Conceding the maximum weight limit allowed in a junior contest, Liam Sircar demonstrated massive heart as he pushed a bigger, more mature opponent. Sircar refused to be pulled out prior to the third round and went into the last session taking it to his Chesterfield opponent. Although failing to secure victory, he deserved huge respect for his determination.

Jordan Bennett was required to adjust his accomplished body-punching style in this the eighth contest of his first season, against an experienced Spire ABC boxer. Bennett had to work hard during rounds two and three to secure a well-earned victory.

Jon Pickering made his 13th start this season, and his first in the senior ranks, as he was matched against a strong and solid Sheffield City opponent at 67kg. Pickering showed his class during this contest, was too slick and often landed with an excellent jab, peeling off at angles prior to a second phased attack, and boxed well to a unanimous win.

Andrejs Bukrejs, another boxer forced to give a large amount of weight, continued the senior card for Buxton. The home fighter started electrically, punishing his Swadlincote opponent with combinations, and was rewarded with a unanimous victory.

David Krukonis made his debut against a Sheffield City boxer and put in a great performance after tireless work in the gym, pushing out straight shots and continuing to move away from his opponent. This was a deserved unanimous victory for Krukonis.

Irvine Magno provided the boxing performance of the night against Whitehead from Spire at 66kg. Magno demonstrated terrific boxing skills against a good and strong opponent, securing a unanimous victory.

Adam Sircar had a tough assignment in a Derbyshire title eliminator against Chesterfield’s Ryan Turner.

Sircar had a dream first round, picking off the approaching Chesterfield man and slipping his return shots well. Rounds two and three saw Turner grind forward and become increasingly successful with his work. Losing two points to a public warning didn’t help Sircar, who lost on a majority decision. A terrific contest between two determined, skilful lads.