NEWHALL’S Royal Oak ABC served up a feast of boxing at a packed Gresley Old Hall — and a trio of Parker pugilists ensured it was a family fare.
Winning a unanimous decision was popular home fighter Joe Parker, whose encounter with Liam Conroy (Studio ABC) was the classic boxer versus fighter match-up.
After shipping some big right hands in the opening session, Parker proceeded to rack up the points, working behind a piston- like double jab to romp to victory.
Stylist Connor Parker (Royal Oak) slipped in and out of range to unload with crisp shots and coast to a landslide win against a game Callum Blockley (Earl Shilton).
New Clubs for Young People champion Zach Parker (Swadlincote ABC) impressed father and cornerman Darren in picking his shots diligently against the taller Connor Robson (Bulkington ABC), with a belting left-right combination in the final round forcing a standing eight count and ensuring a unanimous win on the scorecards.
Paul Hollis (Royal Oak) and Adrian Jarvis (Leicester Railway ABC) were engaged in an enthralling see-saw battle.
After both had been warned for rough tactics early on, it was the bloodied but unbowed Hollis who dug the deepest to force his Leicester rival to take a standing eight count in the final session and clinch a hard-earned majority decision.
Burton’s Oliver Smith found the range with an accurate jab in rounds two and three to take a majority decision over Callum Hall after the Royal Oak boxer had exerted relentless pressure in the opening session.
The flicking of a fast jab saw the classy Sam Fearn (Royal Oak) appear to be coasting to victory against Lewis Woodcook (Phoenix ABC) until he controversially took a mandatory eight count at the end of the second session after what appeared to be a low blow.
This proved to be the turning point as Fearn was clearly shaken and slipped to the canvas at the start of the final round before dropping a majority decision.
The fight of the night was the war between Billy Glover (Royal Oak) and Gabriel Connor (Capitol ABC), with some terrific exchanges to the body at the start of the final session bringing the crowd to their feet.
Despite bleeding heavily from the nose, Glover’s relentless aggression continued with effective right-hand leads which wobbled Connor and he was unlucky to drop a majority decision.
Like Glover, Ross Hollis’ challenge was derailed by awkward southpaw Reece Hulls (Leicester Railway ABC), but not before the home-town favourite had pinned his opponent in a corner and dished out some heavy punishment in a barnstorming opening session.
Stanley Bull (Burton ABC) went toe-totoe with Nataus Kovalsk (Capitol ABC), and in meeting fire with fire, got burnt in losing an unanimous decision.
After a hectic schedule in recent weeks, Bull’s performance was “missing his usual sparkle”, according to coach Richard Kirkland, but the Albert Village youngster still showed good head movement.