Guildford City boxer Rob Deane’s seven bout unbeaten run & dream of lifting the Southern Counties Elite Development Championship title came to an end on Saturday at the Rye Sports Centre in East Sussex. The twenty four year old middleweight from Ripley lost a unanimous decision to Ed Harridine from the Battlebridge Boxing Club in the final over the three two minute rounds duration. Tall Deane, whose preparation had been hampered by an ankle injury that had prevented him from running & training fully, attempted to box behind a long left jab as he had done in the semi final the previous week but found himself under intense pressure from the shorter, fitter Harridine who forced a standing eight count in the second round. Still in good humour as always the jovial Deane said “He was a tough dude & we went at it. Congratulations to him”. City coach Ben Harmsworth commented “Rob’s preparations for this championship were not the best but he gave it everything he had on the day & finishing runner up in the Southern Counties is an achievement in itself”. Deane whose record now stands at seven wins & four defeats will take a short break in or order to enable his ankle to fully recover before returning to City’s Park Barn gym.
Meanwhile on the Rye Leisure Centre undercard City’s reigning Junior ABA bantam weight champion Michael Chalk lost a split decision over four two minute rounds. City head coach John Edwards said “It was a very close bout that I feel might have gone the other way”. Stablemate Alfie Clegg lost a unanimous points decision over three two minute rounds.
There was better news for City elsewhere as reigning national School Boys champion Rainy Lee forced a first round standing eight count before going on to a split decision points victory over home boxer Tony O’Brian at the Five Star ABC show in Romford, Essex on Saturday night.
City’s busy season continues this week as they take a mixture of seniors & juniors in a strong squad of fifteen amateur boxers to Bournemouth on Saturday night.
There was also good news for City coach Lewis Byrne who obtained his professional manager’s license from the British Boxing Board of Control. Byrne who had a long amateur career & is a veteran of thirty five professional contests hopes to start building his stable when City boxer Jesse Goodhand-Tait a twenty three year old roofer from Bellfields applies for his professional license next month.