A FIRST fight night was a success in Bognor Regis.
The town’s initial boxing tournament held by Ockley Amateur Boxing Club at the Jeneses Arts Centre attracted dozens of fighters and a packed audience.
They were treated to 19 bouts for a full four-hour programme of sporting talent from clubs in Southampton, Portsmouth and South London among others.
Faz Chitima, Ockley ABC’s founder, said: “It went really well. I was happy with the night.
“All the bouts held out, apart from one. You usually lose 5-10 because the boxers or their coaches pull out.
“It was the first boxing tournament we have held. We have had to visit other clubs in the past.
“I am hoping to stage another one next month. England Boxing gave us the licence to hold this one and sent their officials to it.
“I’m waiting to hear from them before we can go ahead. But it is likely to be at the end of March or early April.
“It is the first time our boys had fought at home. Some boxers only want to fight away because there is less pressure. But they have to learn to do both.”
The event last Saturday consisted of a mix of junior bouts of three 90-second rounds and intermediate clashes of two two-minute rounds. The categories refer to the experience of the boxers.
They were all aged upwards of 16.
Ockley ABC had three boxers in the ring. Mr Chitima said Sam Lush lost on points to Haz Illomas, of Pheonix Eastbourne, after a brave display.
Josh Edwards won on a unanimous points decision against Gaspar’s Lewis Abirrcken.
The last of the club’s boxers to fight, Percival Tussamha, gained a first round victory when he broke the nose of his opponent, Dan Quorrington, from Litchfield.
Barry Jones, who co-owns Jeneses with his wife, Jenny, said: “The event was a great success. We had 88 seats in the main hall and they were soon full and other people stood around watching.
“We also had another 50 people watching the fights on TV in the room next door. We did make mistakes, though, and there are things we will definitely do differently next time.”