Evans retains his title and wins belt outright

Evans retains his title and wins belt outright

Neil Gibbons, Allan Ford, Viv Bennett (the original Lads Club match organiser) and Del Strachan.

Tim Wheeler, Viv Bennett and John Fisher (Tim & John were two of the original boxers back when the Lads Club first opened).

Dean Evans with his belt.

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WYE Police Boxing Club welcomed back some personalities from the post-war history of the sport in the city when they held their open day.

Viv Bennett, a member at the Hereford Lads Club since 1947 and who ran Hereford ABC for many years, was there to support the new Wye club along with some former boxers.

Kevin Skyrme and Dennis Miles, who both attended, were both very successful back in the 1970s and 80s when the club was run by Bennett.

The club invited Margaret Macintyre to the event to show off a Memorial corner that has been put in place for her late husband Kelvin Macintyre (Kelv) who boxed at the Lads Club for many years.

The club will be holding their first club show on Nov 1 at the Richmond Club in Hereford, and there will be a special Kelvin Macintyre Memorial Trophy that will be presented by Mrs Macintyre at the event.

Another special guest at the open day was current boxer Dean Evans who was there to show off the Inter County belt that he had won outright the previous night with his third successful defence of the title.

Evans had travelled to Birmingham to face a tough challenge to his light weight title.

Priory Park boxer Sukinder Rasool was on home ground with the crowd really behind him.

Evans came out for the first with a very crisp jab keeping his opponent at bay.

He was not fazed after catching a swinging right from Rasool and came on stronger to take the first round.

The second round was a different story with Evans announcing himself with a furious flurry of punches which sent Rasool on to his back foot .

Rasool held Evans to stop him working and got a warning from the judges with Evans going on to take a unanimous decision.

On the same night in Redditch, another Wye boxer, Nick Eaton, in only his second bout put on a gutsy display against Redditch ABC's Leon Maunder who seemed fortunate to win the decision.

Wye coaches Allan Ford, Neil Gibbons, Del Strachan expressed their thanks to everyone who turned out on the open day and said how proud they were of their two boxers who had competed.

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