ARMY CHAMPS

Jamie In­gleby on the In­di­vid­ual Cham­pi­onships

Boxing News - - Amateurs -

LAST MONTH the Army held their An­nual In­di­vid­ual Cham­pi­onships in Alder­shot. The tour­na­ment is open to all serv­ing full time and re­serve sol­diers, all cat­e­gories male and fe­male are catered for. The win­ners get the right to call them­selves Army Ccam­pion and it is also the first step onto the Army Box­ing De­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and ul­ti­mately the Army Box­ing Team.

The first fi­nals ses­sion fea­tured three box­ers al­ready part of the Army Box­ing Team (ABT) setup; Car­nell Brown [pic­tured], a tall and rangy 81kgs boxer got the ABT box­ers off to a win­ning start with a unan­i­mous vic­tory over Cor­po­ral

Miles in a qual­ity dis­play of box­ing from long range. Welsh­man Ben Rees-davis forced the ref­eree to call a halt to his match against Sig­naller Simp­son in the third round, thanks to a con­tin­ued and fe­ro­cious body at­tack. At 69kgs ABT new­comer Calum Hill grabbed a split de­ci­sion win over for­mer ABT man Matt Wells.

The evening ses­sion started with the tra­di­tional 10 bells for Danny Watts; Danny won the ABAS in 1994 and 1996 while serv­ing in the Army and went on to record a pro record of 10 wins and 2 loses.

The con­test of the evening was a De­vel­op­ment bout, at 75kgs, between Lance Cor­po­ral Low­ery and Sapper Spence. Closely con­tested with both box­ers show­ing some classy skills, Low­ery took a close split de­ci­sion at the fi­nal bell. The dif­fer­ence between the two box­ers was Low­ery’s punch power and strong fi­nal round.

The fi­nal bout of the evening’s box­ing was a 56kgs Elite con­test between Welsh in­ter­na­tional Kyle Mor­ri­son and Brad Hee­ley. De­spite Hee­ley’s best ef­forts, Mor­ri­son controlled the bout through­out from long range, vary­ing the tempo and forc­ing the ref­eree to give Hee­ley a stand­ing eight-count in the fi­nal round.

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