Murphy reaches final as quartet represent town

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A quartet of fighters from Stamford ABC have been in the ring recently, bringing back a string of impressive victories for the club.

Zayn Sharizi, Aiden Smith, Alec Murphy and, in his final fight before heading off to university, John Gysin, were all in competitive bouts.

Murphy fought Newark’s Bailey Sugden in the East Midlands ABA semi-finals in a toe-to-toe contest.

Sugden is a strong boxer, and with a flurry of punches thrown from all angles this was the style of opponent that Murphy enjoys coming up against.

The Stamford boxer was rewarded with a unanimous victory to qualify for the final where he took on Nottingham’s Sam Rickett at Thurmaston.

Rickett has a record of 30 bouts and ultimately his experience made the difference beating Murphy - with 11 fights to his name - to take the title.

Smith travelled to Grimsby for his fourth bout where he took on the host club’s Lucas Button.

The Stamford boxer who had prepared well, dug deep in the third round to earn a majority win.

A week later he took on Hamed Camaron at Doncaster. He dominated the first round, handed his opponent a standing eight count in the second round before sealing the win with a conclusive final round.

Sharizi took on Matt Singleton at Norwich in his third bout for the club.

His opponent was slightly shorter, which suited Sharizi’s style of long range punches and the Stamford fighter won with Singleton retired after a standing eight count in the second round.

Sharizi’s record is now three wins from three fights.

Gysin fought Issac Marlow at Boston in his final fight in a six-month spell with Stamford ABC.

Up against a taller fighter, Gysin was forced to slip a lot of his shots and work the body with switch of combinations. It was a tight three-round contest and the decision went to Marlow.

Stamford ABC coach Cath Green said: “John has had a great season with us and been a big part of our gym. He has now moved on to prepare him self for university and the club wishes him well.”