Live boxing shows are returning to Hucknall

BOUT OF THE NIGHT -- Hucknall heavyweight James Allies (in black) throws a punch or two.
BOUT OF THE NIGHT -- Hucknall heavyweight James Allies (in black) throws a punch or two.

Hucknall can look forward to more live boxing shows after the town’s first for four years was hailed a knockout success.

The St George Amateur Boxing Club, based at the Peveril Street Community Centre, staged the show, which was branded The Return.

It was an ambitious, big step forward by the club, who had to totally rebuild their squad and status after the death in 2012 of coach and chief inspiration Paul Singleton from cancer at the age of 52.

But the show was such a massive hit with local boxing fans that St George’s new head coach, Clint McPhilbin, is sure more will be organised in the future.

“The show was a sell-out,” said a delighted McPhilbin, whose family is steeped in boxing history.

“We raised much-needed funds for what is, after all, a voluntary-run club, and we are already planning shows for next season.

“These shows will see more local lads added to our ever-growing squad in the summer.”

The Return, which was staged at the George Street Club, featured 15 bouts, including five regional championships.

Clubs from all over the country, including Manchester, Kettering, Hull, Derby and Lincolnshire, sent fighters to take part against boxers from St George and the rest of the Hucknall area.

The highlight of the night was the St George debut of 20-year-old Jordan Williamson, who boxed Nathan Bastable, of the Epic Golden Gloves club in Newark.

Williamson came out for the first round a bit tense, but was soon in full flow, catching Bastable off the jab.

The second round was one-sided with Williamson dominating from start to finish, and although the third was messy, with Bastable deducted a point for holding, the Hucknall fighter’s hand was raised at the end after a unanimous points’ verdict.

Williamson also picked up the boxer of the night award for a terrific, controlled performance.

The best bout of the night featured the comeback to the ring of popular Hucknall heavyweight James Allies (27) after a four-year absence.

Allies took on 26-year-old Edgar Barkious, of the Spire Boxing Academy in Chesterfield, in what was a classic boxer-v-brawler bout that had the crowd on their feet from the first bell.

After both boxers had given their all, the result was a split decision in favour of Barkious -- much to the shock of the George Street crowd and to the St George coaching team, who felt Allies had done enough to get the verdict.

However, a re-match is very much on the cards -- just one of the many contests to look forward to in the Dispatch district in the coming months.