Great start for Stamford club as fighters win opening bouts

Members of Stamford ABC, from left, Craig Brewin, Mohammed Hassan, Damien Stocks, Luke Owen and Nazeem Benjamar
Members of Stamford ABC, from left, Craig Brewin, Mohammed Hassan, Damien Stocks, Luke Owen and Nazeem Benjamar
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A trio of Stamford Boxing Club’s fighters competed in the first round of the Novice Championships at Mansfield last month.

Damien Stocks and Nazeem Benjamar both benefitted from a bye to the next round but Craig Brewin, Mohammed Hassan and Luke Owen all fought on the night.

Craig was up against three boxers in his weight category he had to box twice on the same night.

Brewin has worked hard in training and was well prepared for his first bout against J Miller from Terry Allen ABC in Lincoln. He wasted no time, giving the performance of a well-mentored boxer and proved too strong for his opponent.

Miller received two standing eight counts within the three round bout and the judges’ decision went to Brewin.

He then took on N Bass from Grimsby ABC, and his control and shot combinations again proved too much for his opponent, landing Craig Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire 66kg title. He is now in training for the next round of fights.

Mohammed Hassan competed in the under 60kg division and was up against G Weaks, also from Grimsby ABC.

Hassan has only been with the club for two months but is already proving to be an asset with his stylish boxing. He proved too slippery for Weaks, throwing combinations of long, straight punches from every angle, and showing good footwork.

He was also awarded the Notts and Lincs title on what was becoming a great start to the season for the Stamford club.

The performance of the night came from Luke Owen who took on N Goulbs from Huthwaite ABC.

Luke was the taller of the two boxers and threw a range of long combinations. But he did not have it all his own way as Goulbs attacked with strong body shots.

The rounds were toe-to-toe for the full three rounds of the bout and although Luke could not have done any more he lost the bout just two points.

Rick Green, Stamford’s head coach, and coach Darren Strange said that they could not be more proud of their boxers and the evening’s results had again put Stamford ABC on the map.