Roman Boxing Gym’s Terence Beekma (age 14) with a record of 3 bouts and 2 wins faced Synwell ABC’s Archie Slocombe in Stroud this week. Stepping in to the ring at the Shorts Boxing Academy show, Beekma seemed unfazed by Slocombe’s record of 3 wins from 4 bouts, including 2 by stoppage.
Terence went on to totally outclass his strong opponent, with the referee taking the decision to stop the contest in the second round. Roman Boxing’s coaching team are extremely pleased with the Kingswood pupil’s attention to detail, highlighting strong listening ahead of his bouts and ability to learn quickly. Terence will be looking to get out boxing again ahead of the summer break.
Next was Roman Boxing Gym’s Harvey James (age 18) facing Casey Fritchley from Gloucester’s Baker Street Boxing Club. Both boxers entered the ring for their second bout, eager to perform this time out having lost in their debuts. The crowd enjoyed what was possibly the best bout of the night, with non stop action right from the first bell and ending with a standing ovation from the enthralled crowd. The result came down to the judges, and by a rightfully very close split decision 3-2 to Harvey, with cleaner shots enough to swing in his favour. Harvey’s Fitness levels have improved massively in the months since his debut, where he opened well but slowed in the final round. His awareness of work rate inside the ring carried him the distance this time out.
Senior Coach Darren Sullivan said “I’m very pleased with the performance of both boxers and privileged to have a great coaching team working alongside me, with Craig Ryder and Luke Bamsey both assisting on the night. The organisation from the Western Counties officials was fantastic and I’d like to thank Shorts Boxing Academy Stroud for their great hospitality and for welcoming us to their show.”
Harvey will be boxing again this Sunday 15th May alongside fellow clubmate Antionio Flamini who will be making his heavyweight debut on the Sweat Box Gym show at Hanham Community Centre, Bristol. Boxing starts 1.30pm.
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