MARVIN STRIKES AGAIN
Chez Nihell defends title belt on exciting show
ARMY stalwart Chez Nihell kept his English super-heavyweight title by outpointing Jeamie Tshikeva at the Real Tennis Centre. Nihell won unanimously – and deservedly so – but he had to work hard to beat the bigger Tshikeva (White Hart Lane), who was on the front foot throughout.
Boxing mostly as a southpaw, Nihell circled and landed eye catching singles and when Tshikeva did pin him down on the ropes or in a corner, Chez refused to be dominated. He punched with the heavy-handed North Londoner, held his own – and then escaped. At the third attempt, Danny
Quartermaine (Cleary’s) claimed the English lightweight title. The 20 year old was a unanimous points winner over Lewis Frimpony (Evolve) after a scrappy bout that featured lots of grappling and fouls and few scoring punches. By the end of the opening round, Quartermaine, a good ticket seller, was nicked and bruised around his left eye – the injury ruled him out of the NABGC championships – and the referee handed Frimpony a public warning in the second for dangerous use of his head.
Best punch of the bout came in the third. Frimpony slung a southpaw back hand that Quartermaine saw coming and then ate a right-hand counter that made him grab.
Look out for Jake Finch. Boxing six days after winning the Development Class B title at 52kgs, the 18 year old stepped up to face 70-bout veteran Brett Heeley (Army) and won unanimously.
Finch appeared to slow Heeley with body punches and by the last minute of the second, Heeley was being pushed back by combinations and appeared to be feeling the pace.
Finch finished strongly as well, boxing behind his jab early in the session and then coming down off his toes to outpunch Heeley. Army light-heavyweight John Marvin impressively took apart
Matt Archer (Cleary’s) inside a round. Marvin was straight down to business. He found his range early with his sharp jab and opened up with a flurry that led to a count inside the opening 30 seconds. Marvin kept driving Archer around the ring with jabs, bloodied his nose and with the bell only a few seconds away, the referee waved it off.
Solid southpaw Rob Squires (Barum) unanimously outpointed
Mason Holmes (Army) and there was an early end to the middleweight clash between Ricky
Atwell (Cleary’s) and Callum Hill (Army). Atwell ran onto a right hand in the second round that laid him out for a minute or so.
POWERING UP: Marvin [right] was an Enlgland Boxing Elite semi-finalist this year