Hard work pays off as pair claim titles at fight-night
TWO Amateur Boxing Association Notts and Lincs Challenge belts were lifted by Grimsby boxers amid an 'electric atmosphere' at the Beachcomber.
Dan Wellings lifted the 60kg lightweight belt on behalf of Grimsby Boxing Academy, which hosted the show at the Humberston venue.
And Drew Morgan, of Grimsby Amateur Boxing Club, won a derby title clash against GBA's Dan Machin to clinch the 63.5kg light-welterweight honour.
More than 400 people enjoyed a packed card of amateur bouts, which featured more GBA boxers.
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There was also a third title tussle – Bullwell Hall ABC's Kieran Pickard out-pointed Jordan Cameron, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield ABC, to claim the Notts and Lincs welterweight belt.
Danny Hall, coach at GBA, added: "There were some great performances and it was great to see two titles coming to Grimsby.
"The atmosphere was amazing and the crowd was fantastic in getting behind our boxers.
"Both Wellings and Morgan boxed really well and deserved their wins."
Wellings faced Naseem Mubarak Benjamar, of Stamford ABC, in his title showdown – previously scheduled rival Gareth Smaller, of Immingham, withdrew due to illness.
From the first bell, Wellings showed his superior strength and pressed forward with strong combinations.
Benjamar was a quick counter- puncher off the back foot, however, and asked questions of the Grimsby man early on.
Wellings' power began to tell, though, and in the second round he prompted the referee to issue a standing eight count after pinning Benjamar on the ropes on several occasions.
The GBA man finished strongly in the third round as he cruised to victory by unanimous decision.
The headline bout saw Morgan, of Grimsby ABC, take on East Midlands novice title winner Machin, of the host club.
Both were cagey early on, trying to avoid conceding silly points.
But Morgan began to look the more comfortable as Machin struggled to work a way to rumble his more rival.
Morgan's superior experience proved the difference as he was awarded the win by unanimous decision.
Milli Hansen, GBA's recently- crowned national amateur champion, was unable to fight on the night after her scheduled opponent pulled out and potential alternative rivals chose not to take on the fight.
Undercard results: Bailey Dyas, GBA, beat Hallam Rickett, Benny's ABC, by unanimous decision; Connor Burrows, GBA, lost to Callum Welsh, Scunthorpe Imps ABC; James Spencer, GBA, won on points against Abas Mohammed, Pegasus ABC; Paige Webb, GBA, lost on points to Hatty Nylan, of Hebden Bridge ABC; Kirsty Hill, GBA, outpointed Autumn Goodwin, Pegasus ABC; Jordan Zarzyna, GBA, lost on points to Brendan Hewitson, Derby City ABC; Dave Butler, GBA, was stopped in the third round by Ian Cottan, Bourne ABC.