Boxing fans flocked to a sold-out evening of semi-pro/exhibitionbouts at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex at Sookholme on Sunday.
Hosted by Body & Soul Gym owner Roger Brotherhood, a large crowd enjoyed 11 bouts of competitive boxing.
Five boxers who represented the gym didn’t need the scheduled three rounds.
Jack Corbett stopped his opponent Buddy Lee from Bulwell Fight Factory within 70 seconds of the first bell after landing a number of unanswered shots, Leon Lapinski forced Pat Pearson to pull out after the first and Joe Brailsford needed only 44 seconds to halt out-gunned Louie O’Hagan from Stockport.
Jason Boucher ended Danny Payne’s challenge in round two after a left hook had put Danny down in the first and Body & Soul’s Dom Allcock lost narrowly on points to Snowy from Fighting Fit.
Justin Marriot and Russel Cartlidge, representing Team Block, both won their fights in the second round. Russel had a tough battle against Reece Collins of Stockport while Justin was comfortably beating Will Cairns when the visitor from Stockport had to pull out with an elbow injury. Well-supported Dean Rowley and Nicky Furness were also in action. Dean beat Rory Roberts from Manchester by two points and Nicky was stopped in the opener by hard-hitting Shaun White of Fighting Fit.
Two exhibition bouts opened the well organised dinner show. Wes Dolan and Dean Taylor boxed a draw in a good fight and Graham Parker and Graeme Carmichael had a three round fight of the night tear-up. Graham Parker raised £590 for MacMillan Nurses charity, having boxed in memory of his late father.
Roger said: “It all ran very smoothly and professionally and there were no hiccups, so I was delighted.”
The next event takes place at Shirebrook’s Kissingate Leisure Centre on Saturday, 7th December.