Skipper Marshall leads way at pier fight night

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Boxing looks here to stay in Eastbourne following an excellent evening’s entertainment at Atlantis nightclub last Thursday.

The night featured 10 top-class bouts that all provided exciting, competitive action, with boxers from 10 different clubs across the south all acquitting themselves superbly.

For Adam Haniver, the whole experience made the nine months of planning worth it.

He said, “It all went very well. The crowd seemed really engaged in all the bouts, there were no stoppages which meant that everyone was evenly matched, and there was a great sense of occasion about the whole thing.

“The plan now is to build from here and make this a major part of the town and university sporting calendar.”

In the evening’s main event Jamie Marshall, captain of the Eastbourne-based Brighton University Boxing Club, did just enough to edge a close encounter with Portsmouth University’s Tom Craig. Both big cruiserweights showed tremendous agility and movement throughout, although it was always Marshall who seemed less rushed with his work, as he repeatedly forged his attacks behind a good solid jab.

A final-round flurry confirmed victory for the home town favourite, who was delighted to round the night off with a win.

He said, “I think my performance was below par because of my anxiety. There were so many people in there watching me, I was tired before I even got in the ring because I was thinking about the fight so much.

“Still though, I got the win and now I’m hoping to box on three more shows between now and the end of the season.”

In the penultimate fight of the night, Marshall’s team-mate Alex Canwell was outworked by Brighton & Hove’s Josh Ellis.

After a rip-roaring opening to the fight in which both men connected with great shots, Ellis began to take control of proceedings and totally dominated rounds two and three despite Canwell’s bravery and aggression.

Young Hailsham ABC fighter Jessie Smith looked very promising as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Crawley fighter Callum Condon.

Smith repeatedly pounded the body of his taller opponent, throwing some fast and aggressive combinations that the Crawley man did well to defend to take the fight the distance.

Amber Withers, 20, also impressed in only her second bout, winning every round against Portsmouth University’s Holly Tamblyn.

Withers came rushing out of her corner for the first bell and immediately became the aggressor, although it wasn’t until the third round that the Brighton University fighter really began to take control of things, continually rocking her opponent with a solid jab that meant there could only be one winner.

Full Results: Marshall (Brighton University) beat Craig (Portsmouth University), Ellis (Brighton & Hove) beat Canwell (Brighton University), Norris (Hillcrest) beat Roberts (Brighton & Hove), Withers (Brighton University) beat Tamblyn (Portsmouth University), Pringle (Horsham) beat Martin (Whitehawk), Craghill (Brighton & Hove) beat O’Hallorahan (Willingdon), Smith (Hailsham) beat Condon (Crawley), Coleman (Willingdon) beat Borthwick (Hastings), McDonagh (Crawley) beat Hill (Hillcrest).