Last Wednesday evening at the Sidac Social Club venue, a superlative night of amateur boxing took place, writes Jon-Jo Doherty. In what became a lively sell out crowd, JC’s ABC hosted 16 bouts, and took part in, 12 of which they enjoyed huge success.
There were indeed big names, as former World Champion Derry Mathews brought some of his own boxers. In fact Mathews’ own nephew was defeated by local favourite Kai Birch, and in an enthralling encounter Kai also took the prestigious ‘boxer of the night award’.
Hosting their 2nd show in 6 months, JC’s, whose gym is based on Jackson Street, vindicated itself with 6 victories out of their 9 competitive bouts, and with a further three kids gloves which were also highly entertaining, with the focus on skills with no determinate winners.
Wildcard ABC on Derbyshire Hill Rd in Parr also took part in the event, and the camaraderie, the respect on the night of all those concerned from Liverpool, Southport and gyms about the Northwest really was something to behold.
Alan Johnson representing JC’s in the final fight decidedly defeated his opponent and felt enthralled to be in such an atmospheric cauldron.
He said, ‘In all his time in amateur boxing, never had he witnessed such a raucous spirit from supporters and participants, enthused with such respectful sportsmanship. A fantastic night for boxing in St Helens.’
Main photo – Team Photo: ‘The calm before the storm’
Link to Facebook gallery of photos from the event.
Photos by Calvin Hughes Photography