Jamie Ingleby on the Individual Championships
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.