Police provide quality as well as quantity
There was plenty of quality to go with the quantity as Peterborough Police Amateur Boxing Club put on a bumber show at the Queen Katharine Academy at Walton on Saturday night (October 6).
A sell-out crowd witnessed 18 well-matched bouts with home club fighters featured in most of them.
And one of the best was saved until last as 19 year-old Kamil Tarnawski picked up his second win within the space of 24 hours as he outpointed March ABC man Shaun Simpson in the top-of-the-bill 81kg contest.
Simpson was classy but Tarnawski, still sore from an Eastern Counties Championship punch-up the previous night, worked well on the front foot and connected with counter-punches on the inside to take the points verdict.
Another impressive winner for the host club was 16 year-old Domenico Ciani. He boxed Agustin Turoczy from Milton Keynes Victors in a 72kg bout and showed he had the fitness and talent to keep the pressure on for the full three rounds. He won unanimously on points on his ring debut and won the sponsors’ fighter of the night trophy.
Ali Raja (14) also caught the eye, producing a quality display against Aaron Bedford from Training Cave BC in a 54kg match.
He kept his opponent away with his long powerful shots, not only on the front foot but on the back foot as well, to win comfortably on points.
A fourth Peterborough Police win came from 13 year-old Shahroz Raja, who had too much skill for Frankie Hales from Milton Keynes Victors in a 38kg bout.
Peterborough Police had several hard luck stories as well.
Shae Gowler (13) certainly looked to have done more than enough to get a decision over Freddie Phillips (Training Cave BC) in a 37kg bout. He landed the cleaner shots against a taller southpaw and worked well on the inside but the verdict went to Phillips.
The Peterborough Police camp were also astonished that their 55kg prospect Connor Dane (14) didn’t get the nod against Jimmy Ellwood from the Progress ABC after a great toe-to-toe battle in which Dane connected with plenty of clean combination shots on the inside.
Senior Daniel Meins (70kg) also featured in a cracking all-action scrap with Milo Josef Balsamic but unluckily missed out on a well deserved points win.
Another Peterborough senior, Brian Lawless, having his second 74kg bout within the space of 24 hours, lost to hard-hitting Essex University man Lee Scott. Again this was tight and could have gone either way.
Brothers Aamir (11) and Imraan (13) Shirazi both suffered rare defeats.
Aamir had to work hard to find his range against a much taller Jayden Louis from Harrow ABC in a 32kg three-rounder but did produce some awesome footwork. He lost a close contest on points.
Imraan (37kg) came up against tall, tricky southpaw Josh Cooper from Walsall Wood BC and the two of them provided technically the best contest of the night with a breathtaking display of skills from both fighters. Cooper got the decision.
At 30kg, Russian Raja (11) gave his all in his first fight against Ayaan Zaib from the Jawaid Khaliq BA landing quality combinations. However, he just fell short against his much taller opponent.
Jaan’sher Raja (15) did well in the first round against Alex Hatcher from Harrow and District ABC at 55kg but struggled to land any of his quality long shots in the next two rounds and lost on a points decision.
Peterborough’s other amateur boxing club, Top Yard, had three fighters in action.
At 68kg Muhammed Tayyib (14) outpointed Blain Macdonald from Milton Keynes Victors with a polished performance but Hasnain Ahmed (16) was pipped by Liam Beton from Centurions ABC in a crowd-pleasing 78kg bust-up and senior Raja Malik lost out to a very aggressive Lewis Gentilella from Milton Keynes Victors in his first bout.
In a show-opening 40kg skills bout Peterborough Police fighter Emily Anderson (12) looked sharp against Megan Barrett from Fenland Sparta, forcing her opponent back with quality straight shots.
Other results: 43kg 14yrs Charlie Milton (Cambs Police ABC) beat Adam Bedford (Centurions ABC) points; 52kg 15yrs Taylor Allan (Cambs Police ABC) beat Karolina Kontor (Corby ABC) rsf 2nd.
The show was sponsored by Pat Boyle from the Solstice pub and organised by club coaches Chris and Vicki Baker with help from other dedicated club volunteers.
n In the Eastern Counties development finals at Essex County Cricket Club in Chelmsford on Friday, Tarnawski beat Joshua Kozak from the Eastgate ABC in the Under 81kg final.
He won on points with a convincing display of counter-punching against a much taller fighter, dominating every round. He joins clubmate Dane in the national quarter-finals tomorrow in Basildon.
Lawless came up against unbeaten Vernon Henry from Essex University in the under 75kg final and lost on a close points decision.