Cross reaches county fi­nals

Box­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Luke Cross won a split de­ci­sion over Ayle­sham’s Ben Ax­ford at Kem­s­ing to reach the Kent Cham­pi­onship fi­nals. The Ash­ford Box­ing Club young­ster, fight­ing in the 91kg cat­e­gory, gave away height and reach to Ax­ford but did not let this de­ter him. The open­ing round saw Cross dom­i­nate with solid shots to both the head and body of Ax­ford, not al­low­ing his op­po­nent to work at range. Ev­ery time Ax­ford looked to keep things long dis­tance, Cross closed him down with hard punches. The sec­ond round saw Cross force the pace early on, while Ax­ford worked hard to get his jab go­ing, con­nect­ing with a cou­ple of good straight rights. Cross was told to keep up the pace and pres­sure by his cor­ner­men go­ing into the last round and car­ried out the in­struc­tions to good ef­fect, throw­ing punches to both and head and body. Both box­ers gave it their all through­out in a con­test that de­served to be the fi­nal. Mean­while, Ash­ford’s Jack Ew­bank won a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion against Kevin Gib­bons, of Grave­sham, to cap­ture the un­der-69k county ti­tle. Like Cross, Ew­bank gave away both height and reach but picked his shots well, not al­low­ing his op­po­nent to set­tle. He also hit hard to the body when the op­por­tu­nity al­lowed.

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