Bognor boxers show they pack a punch

Henry Charles, Callum Ide and Rowan Bentley
Henry Charles, Callum Ide and Rowan Bentley

BOXERS from Bognor have been busy in action along the south coast.

Bognor BC had two boxers in action in Fareham - 17-year-old Rowan Bentley and Callum Ide, 21.

First to compete was Bentley who weighed in at 66kg for his bout. Right from the off, he was catching his man with crisp left and right-hand shots.

The left jab did the most damage and Bentley’s powerful shots ensured he took the first round.

In the second round, Bentley’s work-rate was even higher and his opponent was struggling. He took the second round with ease.

In the third, the Fareham boxer was running on empty. When Bentley caught him with a good body shot, the referee had no choice but to give a standing eight count.

At the restart, Bentley moved in and with a double jab to the head and another crushing shot to the body, the referee called an end to the fight to give Bentley his first-ever stoppage in only his second bout.

Next up was 6ft 4in Ide, who tipped the scales at 77kg and his conest turned out to be a masterclass in boxing from him.

He took boxing back to basics, connecting with his own punches and evading his advisories.

For all three rounds he totally outclassed his opponent, jabbing and then quickly slipping out of the way. The Bognor man as he triumphed with ease.

After the event Bognor coaches Simon Thorn and Tony Woodley were delighted with their duo.

Woodley said: “Both Rowan and Callum were great, but Callum’s movement was unreal. His jab will win him plenty of fights.”

Meanwhile, four Bognor BC fighters - including Bentley and Ide - travelled to Blandford School in Dorset for an exciting evening of action.

On his debut, 15-year-old Henry Charles set the standard for the night with a first-round stoppage over S Garrett from the show’s host club, Blandford ABC.

Next, Bentley took on a Sturminster opponent. Bentley stuck to the task, jabbing and moving well to end the clear winner.

Ide climbed into the ring to face local lad H Lethby and gave a skilful display of boxing against an aggressive opponent.

With his reach and clever footwork, Ide received a clear points victory.

Last up for Bognor was Jack Spear, on his 19th birthday, facing Exmouth ABC’s J Pender. Spear kept him at bay with his ramrod-like jab. He ended up a clear points winner.

Bognor boxers train at the VK Gym, which has excellent facilities, and competition secretary Andy Joshlin congratulated the lads on their performances.

Coach Tony Woodley said their victories were down to hard work in the gym.