Bersted Green Community Centre was the venue for a great afternoon of boxing. It was the first event held at the new centre and everyone was impressed with the facilities.
First was a skills bout between eight-year-old Keiron Weeks from Bognor, boxing for Ockley, and Ethan Salnan, also eight, boxing for Hastings Westhill.
When you consider the age of these boxers, the standard was impressive.
Next was a junior bout over three rounds, featuring D Kulis of Ockley and P Taylor from Hanwell. Taylor won but Kulis displayed admirable heart.
Bognor’s Louie Everitt, of Ockley, faced Chad Cooper of Newport, both boxers making debuts. This was a great bout by two novices and Cooper was the winner.
Jacob Hall fought Ollie Donovan of Felbridge in a junior match at 32kg. Donovan got the verdict, but boxing was the real winner.
Bognor’s Alfie Haven, boxing for Ockley, was up against Ali Khan of Worcester. A very close contest was won on a split decision by Khan.
Ockley’s Finn Rehill was in a close 65kg contest versus Jake Imray of O’Briens Gym.
Henry Charles of Bognor ABC boxed Waid Alenas from Heart of Portsmouth at 65kg. Charles showed great heart but the winner was Alenas.
Weighing in at 64kg, Jack Partridge of Ockley ABC took on Assam Ghaturi of Hanwell. Partridge took all three rounds.
The last bout feautured another Partridge brother - Jared of Ockley - who took on Barry Farthing of Hastings Westhill in a 76kg bout.
Great angles from Partridge gave him a unanimous decision.
A great day’s sport was had by all, with a big crowd, excellent venue and skilful and brave young boxers. The highlight was both Partridge brothers winning in such style.
All the signs are that boxing in Bognor is undergoing a revival - and the future looks rosy for local fight fans.