Alex Burrows thriller caps big-hitting Grimsby Boxing Academy show
GRIMSBY boxer Alex Burrows dug deep to win a pulsating contest that his coach described as "the best fight I've ever seen".
The 20-year-old amateur captivated the crowd on his debut for his part in a dramatic finale to Grimsby Boxing Academy's Christmas Dinner Show, at the Beachcomber, Humberston.
Burrows, 20, and Immingham Amateur Boxing Club's Terry Desborough served up a thrilling light-heavyweight bout.
After three big-hitting rounds, Burrows – who has only been boxing for just over six months – was crowned the winner by unanimous decision.
Andy Cox, GBA's head coach, said: "It was honestly the best boxing fight I've ever seen.
"It was a dinner show, but everyone was on their feet.
"They were both going at it like a Rocky movie, but when the final bell went they were both hugging and showing respect.
"It was a great advert for amateur boxing."
Burrows, pictured left, dominated the centre of the ring with his jab as Desborough looked to come forward with swinging hooks.
But once the Grimsby man began to get his big right-hand working, the crowd rose to their feet.
Huge punches from Burrows rained down in the final round as both fighters battled to the bell.
Kirsty Hill shared GBA's Boxer of the Night crown with Burrows after an impressive victory on her ring debut.
Hill worked the centre of the ring and used her jab and good hooks to bag a unanimous victory against Charlotte McLeod, of Tamworth ABC.
GBA's Dan Machin, a newly-crowned ABA East Midlands Novice Class B lightweight champion, will learn from his majority decision defeat to Bridgewater ABC's Andrew Kremner, added Cox.
Machin started well but Kremner's superior strength eventually told and he got the nod from the judges.
"Dan was making a step up in class so it was always going to be a tough fight for him," said the GBA coach.
"But he dug deep and there were only two or three points in it.
"Six months down the line, I think he'll be able to beat that kind of opponent.
"It was a good learning fight and it will help him improve."
Dan Wellings defeated Benny ABC's Darryl Felstead in another exciting fight.
Wellings pushed his taller rival back early on with some neat boxing, but Felstead improved as the contest went on.
After a great couple of rounds, Wellings came out on top with a unanimous decision victory.
GBA's first triumph on the night came from an excellent fight between Lucas Button and Keighley ABC's Joseph Smith.
On the back of his first amateur win, a confident Button dictated the pace early on.
But with the fight still fairly close after the second rounds, a barnstorming final round ensured – before Button's hand was raised as the unanimous winner.
Bailey Dyas demonstrated his rapid improvement by winning a re-match against Benny ABC's Hallam Rickett.
Rickett had beaten Dyas convincingly a few weeks early, but had no answer to the Grimsby youngster this time.
A more composed and mature Dyas waited for his opportunities and picked off his rival to win on points by unanimous decision.
Milli Hansen suffered a majority decision defeat to Jessie Stephens, of Turner's Boxing Academy in Surrey.
The GBA youngster grew into the bout after struggling to get her jab going early on – but it wasn't enough to avoid a majority decision defeat.
GBA debutant Tom Sawyer bagged a close majority decision victory after a tense and scrappy bout against Josh Swift, of Keighley ABC.
Ethan Sylvester and Jack Leggett, both of GBA, impressed in their fight, which was a skills bout.
The show was the first time GBA have fielded nine boxers on the same card.
"There were some fantastic performances," said GBA coach Danny Hall. "Four or five of them could quite easily have won boxer of the night."
Cox added: "The support was great and lots of people, even those new to boxing, said they enjoyed it.
"Whether it's the Olympics or the work we're doing at schools at the minute I don't know, but we're getting more juniors at the gym and it's very busy – which is fantastic.
"We are planning to have another show next April, but now also hope to squeeze one in at an earlier date too."
GBA thank everyone who supported the show, including sponsors and travelling clubs.