BOXING: Sol is rising star for Dorchester

Dorset Echo: STAR POTENTIAL: Sol Gilday-Evans with coach Ben Geyser STAR POTENTIAL: Sol Gilday-Evans with coach Ben Geyser

DORCHESTER & District ABC’s Sol Gilday-Evans further enhanced his growing reputation as a boxer to watch with an outstanding win against Runnymede’s Jordan Pannone.

The contest had all the ingredients for an uncompromising battle between two up-and-coming youngsters, and it was Pannone who made the brighter start.

Gilday-Evans took his time to get going but, once he did, he was able to cut off all of his opponent’s escape routes and trap Pannone on the ropes.

A blistering two-fisted barrage to the body and head followed and the final onslaught culminated in a solid right that rocked Pannone.

The incessant flurry of punches left the Runnymede boxer unable to offer little in return and, despite a hint of a comeback from Pannone in the last round, Gilday-Evans clinched the verdict with a late attack.

Meanwhile, Dorchester’s Joe Malpas and Weymouth rival Fabian Peterkin seem destined to meet again in 2014 after the former won the second clash between the two.

That victory at Weymouth Pavilion was sweet revenge for Malpas who had lost to Peterkin earlier in the year.

The most recent bout saw Malpas begin promisingly by taking the opening round, catching Peterkin with a succession of hard body shots and a combination that resulted in his rival touching the floor.

Peterkin readdressed the problem and returned in the second wielding heavy punches to the ribs.

Round three saw Malpas deliver a perfect left hook that rocked Peterkin to his boots and the Dorchester youngster did enough in the remainder of the contest to emerge triumphant.

Fraser Low was full value for his win on his debut against the more experienced Jay O’Regan of Knowle ABC.

Low took the fight to O’Regan from the first bell and landed several eye-catching body shots.

The county town boxer was strong, fast and dangerous, and although O’Regan was certainly no pushover, Low demonstrated his skill as a solid puncher who can also take a hit or two.

Josh Bennett came through his first skills bout with flying colours, warming to the crowd and showing no sign of nerves.

Boxing Portland’s Levi Booton, Bennett, whose timing and power impressed, loved all the attention and really looked at home in the ring.

Finally, there was an eventful outing for another Dorchester member, Anthony Groody, when he took on Finchley’s Tomas Valcaukas.

Groody was sent back to the changing rooms prior to the bout to shave off his pencil-thin beard before the action could commence.

The embarrassing episode seemed to unsettle Groody for what was his first fight and he took extreme caution against a strong opponent.

Although Groody lost there was an indication the two could face each other again.


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