Boxing: Workhorse Lucas Button impresses in ring
A "BRILLIANT" night of amateur boxing has raised £750 for the Afghan Heroes charity.
The event, organised by Grimsby Pro-Am Boxing Club head coach Sean Wood, featured an action-packed card at the Beachcomber, Humberston.
Plenty of big-hitting amateurs from the region took part, with potential stars of the future showcasing their talent in the ring in front of a crowd of 350.
Lucas Button, of Grimsby Boxing Academy, won the Boxer of the Night award for a superb high-tempo display.
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The impressive women's bout between Heidi De Gruchy, of Grimsby Pro-Am, and Scunthorpe Amateur Boxing Club debutant Natalie Dempsey won the Bout of the Night accolade.
Wood and unbeaten triple-title winning professional Kevin Hooper awarded Button the individual honour for his convincing points victory against Doncaster's Mitchell Chadwich.
"He was a little star," said Wood. "It was only his second fight, after a skills bout previously, but he was a workhorse. We thought he'd tire but he just kept going and Kev and I were really impressed."
De Gruchy beat her Scunthorpe opponent on points.
"The crowd was very impressed with their fight," said Wood. "Heidi showed a lot of skills and technique."
Elsewhere on the bill, Grimsby Pro-Am's Connor Monument, 19, beat Akai Douglas, from Nottingham's KK School of Boxing, by knock-out.
"Akai was undefeated going into the fight but Connor is very talented so I set him challenges," said Wood. "He put him down in the second and the referee was right to stop the fight."
Grimsby Pro-Am's Connor Dunk, 21, beat Daniel Jackson, of Grimsby Boxing Academy, on points. Both fighters made their ring debuts.
Pro-Am's Jack Hunt lost on points to Steve Goddard, from Vulcan ABC in Hull.
Nick Bass, of Grimsby ABC, lost on points to Matthew Harness of Scunthorpe Centurions.