Chloe is boxer of the night

Dorset Echo: BEST BOXER: Chloe Le Page with father Paddy BEST BOXER: Chloe Le Page with father Paddy

WEYMOUTH Amateur Boxing Club scored two impressive victories at Sturminster Newton.

The seaside outfit had two boxers on show and first in the ring was Chloe Le Page, 14.

She was up against home boxer Bella Murphey, a much more experienced opponent with seven bouts behind her.

This was only the second time Le Page had boxed competitively but she made a confident start with straight lefts.

Boxing behind a tight guard, the visitor grew in confidence and some fine combinations forced her rival back on the ropes.

Murphey did experience some joy but the round belonged to Le Page – the judges’ scorecards reading 6-4, 6-4, 8-8 in her favour.

Le Page refused to let Murphey find her stride and subsequently piled on the pressure.

At the end of the second round, the former forced her opponent into the corner, where she unleashed a five-punch combination.

The bell spared Murphey from any further punishment but she now trailed 15-8, 13-8, 21-19.

Le Page made another bright start as the third and final round got underway but the Sturminster Newton member fought back with some solid shots.

The bout finished with both boxers going toe-to-toe but it was the seasider who ran out victorious, 25-17, 20-10, 27-22.

As a result of her fine display, Le Page was also awarded the Best Boxer of the Night gong.

Continuing the Weymouth success was 15-year-old Fabian Peterkin.

He was paired with another Sturminster representative, Toby Davis, and again it was the home member who boasted the greater in-ring experience with 17 bouts to Peterkin’s seven.

Despite that statistic, the latter came out firing on all cylinders and landed some excellent shots to the head.

Peterkin continued in the same vein as the first round wore on and near the end he unleashed a devastating combination that sent Davis back onto the ropes and saw the referee step and give the home boxer an eight-count.

Peterkin led 10-9, 4-2, 8-4 at the end of the first and he made another fine start as the second got going.

Davis refused to cave in and he came back with combinations of his own. However, a stunning body shot stopped Davis in his tracks and Peterkin assumed control once more before his opponent was handed another eight-count.

The seasider maintained the pressure and after a series of devastating shots, the referee was forced to stop the bout after a third count.

Club president David Nelmes said: “Chloe and Fabian are a credit to the club and their coaches.

“Both of them will be boxing at the next Weymouth dinner/boxing night at Weymouth Pavilion on November 17.”

To book tickets, which cost £35 and include a three-course meal, contact Nelmes on 07899925316.

Meanwhile, Toby Osmond, 17, suffered a narrow defeat to Ben Butler of Adur District Amateur Boxing Club in a clash at a charity dinner in Worthing. Osmund battled well in all of the four rounds but lost to an unanimous decision in a hard-fought contest.

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