Proud BULWELL HALL AMATEUR BOXING CLUB dedicated their second home show to the memory of their much-esteemed founder, Barry O’Dowd.
A full house at Bulwell Army Reserve Centre joined in a heartfelt minute’s applause for Barry, who died a year ago.
An Army boxing champion, Barry was Nottingham city sports coach of the year in 2012 when he was also a runner-up in the East Midlands Unsung Heroes Awards and helped carry the torch for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He started the Bulwell Hall club, based on Totley Close, in 2004 with a long history of boxing knowledge and experience to his name.
His son, Shaun, said: “The club boxers we have competing tonight were all taught by Barry, up until he became too ill to carry on training them. I am especially proud of each and every one of them.”
In a contest between two debutant boxers, Connor Tait, of Bulwell Hall, gave a remarkably confident and impressive display to achieve a unanimous points win over Clem Hutchinson, of Sileby, Leicestershire. His success in the schoolboy bout earned him the accolade of Bulwell Hall’s best junior boxer of the night.
Connor’s brother, Mitchell, acquitted himself well in another schoolboy bout but lost on a split points decision to Daniel Pickering (City of Hull ABC).
Jack Jordan, of Bulwell Hall, battled well to gain a split-decision win over John Riley (Leicester Railwaymen’s Club) in a further schoolboy bout.
And Jordan Ringham won the award of Bulwell Hall’s best senior boxer with his unanimous points win over Richard Twist (Sileby) in a rousing heavyweight scrap.
Other Bulwell Hall boxers in action were Kane Pickard, Rob Rovetto and Mark Kemp, who lost on points, and Sam Spooner, who was outpointed on a majority decision.