Callum ‘Knighty’ Knight dazzles on boxing debut

Callum Knight
Callum Knight

Eastbourne Boxing Club junior Callum ‘Knighty’ Knight made a piece of history as he ran out a clear points winner as the final live show of the season come to a tremendous climax.

The fantastic venue of Skateworld saw boxers from all over the south of England compete against the Eastbourne Boxers.

Knight, the club’s first ever competing junior, was pitted against the more experienced Byron James of Crawley.

Using fast feet and lovely small side steps, Callum used his angles to confuse his opponent, throwing fast straights to the side of the target and dancing away again.

As the bout progressed, Callum became more and more comfortable using excellent timed counters to pick his man off. Callum ran out a clear points winner to the deafening applause of the crowd.

First timer, Hannah ‘Aitch’ Barnato-Ludbrook showed her skill at 60kg boxing 37-year-old Doctor Angela Burdon of Heart of Portsmouth boxing club.

In a very close affair both boxers showed excellent craft and courage using their feet to move in and out of range and scoring well. Come the final bell, it was tight, with the away boxer winning on a narrow points decision. The 450 strong crowed then watched as local teacher, Chloe ‘the Wasp’ Taylor was up against the strong Stephanie Bell of the Army. Chloe was caught early with some decent jabs and backhands, with Bell taking the first round.

As the bout progressed, Chloe pressured her opponent with her trademark switch of attack from body to head. The referee stopping the bout twice to have Bell’s nose attended to, slowed the pace of the bout which worked in Bell’s favour. An excellent final round was not quite enough for Chloe to take the decision. This was duly awarded the bout of the night for such a highly skilled and courageous encounter.

The experienced welterweight Marcus Boden was unable to keep the power of Bexhill’s Tamin Nabizada at bay as the away fighter earned a third round TKO.

Finally topping the bill was Super-heavyweight ‘Tall’ Paul Orji against the experienced James Baurer, a local boxing out of Rusthall Tunbridge Wells.

Using his sharp jab and backhands, Paul started well. Complacency set in however as Bauer, known for his toughness and heart, came forward forcing Paul often to the ropes.

Going in the 4th and final round, the bout looked up for grabs and could have gone either way. A split decision going to the Eastbourne Boxing Club man, Paul Orji.

Coach Adam Haniver said,”It was one of those shows where a lot of things came together for us. Working closely with the fantastic team from Skateworld was brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble.

“The number of compliments I received over texts and social media about just how well the night was organised and how perfect the venue is was truly humbling.”