WALTHAM Forest Amateur Boxing Club’s Zeryab Ali proved a real hit on the on the Haddenham and Elley ABC show on Saturday in Cambridge.
The Forest senior faced a return match with Kettering’s N. Chiduwa, having already beaten him at the end of last year.
Ali looked composed to edge the opening two sessions, before really stepping on the gas in the third round.
A powerful right and left hook combination soon had the Kettering puncher receiving a standing-eight count from the ref, before a blistering four-shot left-and-right move had Chiduwa quickly inspecting the officials’ fingers once again.
With Ali clearly in the mood to dish out more punishment the ref had seen enough and called a halt to proceedings.
Prior to that Forest had two juniors out, with a brave Matthew McCormack unlucky to see a majority decision go against him, with the taller R. Bullen using his longer reach to take a majority decision.
Forest Carlton Forchin also put up a good showing against Kettering’s E Ross. Having looked to have edged the opening two sessions many had thought Forchin had done enough to scrape the verdict despite tiring in the third, but instead thejudges gave Ross a majority decision.
Reflecting on events coach Ken Oram said: “I couldn’t have asked anymore of Ali, because he boxed brilliantly to secure his second victory over the lad.
“I also thought Matthew gave a good account of himself as well, because he still kept coming forward against a taller fighter.
“As for Carlton I am left scratching my head a bit, as I thought he had done enough to win the fight, but that is boxing not all the decisions go how you want them.”