The annual Town vs Gown boxing match at the Guildhall saw the University’s top boxers face twelve local and regional amateurs. However despite a gown-dominated crowd, it was a town-dominated night in the ring.
Peterhouse’s Steve McGregor kicked off the night against Ryan Walsh who proved difficult to hit cleanly and won by unanimous decision. Up next was Billy Fitton of Downing. Fitton no doubt had the crowd behind him, but his experienced opponent was heavy handed and despite battling his way to the end, the judging did not go his way. The first University success of the night was St John’s Jasryan Singh Birk who gave an excellent performance in the only Cambridge victory of the first half.
The second half saw a highly technical display between club Captain Stefan Lavelle and George Redhead, which Lavelle lost on the first split decision from the judges. Tinashe Murozoki from Churchill came out aggressively, but his opponent George Omoh was happy to pick him off from a distance. Meanwhile Pembroke’s Jake Foster started off well but his opponent inflicted so much damage that the Cambridge coaches threw in the towel.
David Wen came out fiercely against Norwich Lads’ Marri Diaz. His rapid combinations were no match for Diaz’s maximum precision and he lost by unanimous decision; however Lampros Litos was awarded his bout after showing impressive in-and-out technique, whilst club President Robert Liu defeated Vish Parma for the second year running with a dominant display. Jack ‘the Hammer’ Randall elicited a raucous response and won Boxer of the Night. Previously unbeaten Jamie O’Neill lost to Sergio Pita of the Cambridge Police before Trinity’s Mikey Lynam faced Clare Hall’s Kostas Ziovas in a gown vs gown match. The match was scrappy and Ziovas claimed the victory. Overall the bouts showed huge amounts of talent from both sides, and the enthusiasm of the crowd helped to create a memorable occasion.