BOXING fans from across the county were treated to a feast of action when South Wye Police Boxing Academy held their Christmas show of senior elite amateur boxing with the local club winning seven out of the eight bouts.

GB performance manager Richie Woodhall and National coach Mick Maguire were impressed by the standard of boxing on display at a pack Hereford Sixth Form College show.

"The standard and the organisation of Saturday's show, was better than most professional shows, it's great for the sport, to give young people a chance to perform in a fantastic atmosphere like that and in front of so many people," said Maguire.

The show started with the powerful punching of female fighter Shay Jarrett (South Wye Police) awarded a unanimous decision victory over Libby Whiting (Riverside London ABC) in a 64 kilogramme weight category fight.

The best bout of the night saw home boxer Attilio Porcile beat Paul Pavlou (Jewellery Quarter BC) by unanimous decision after a close match which saw both fighters trade heavy blows.

Popular fighter Josh Powell (South Wye Police) lost in the third bout by unanimous decision to Tully Osmond (Barton Hill ABC) despite putting up a spirited performance.

The impressive Othman Said (South Wye Police) was named fighter of the night after an emphatic victory over Worcester University boxer Rusty Jay-Tayhopan.

Said used his quick footwork before landing heavy blows in the second round leading to his opponent's corner throwing the towel in the third and final round to hand him victory.

Leading professional coach Tom Chainey selected Othman out of the competitors.

He said: "The lad has a lot of raw talent, and I really liked his movement when he changed angles in the bout."

Cameron Smith continued a great evening for South Wye Police to take victory in the fifth bout, a 75 kilogramme contest, while Zac Morris also won by unanimous decision.

In the heavier 83 kilogrammes weight category home boxers George Masters and Lee Blake were both superior fighters over their opponents winning both bouts and forcing them to be stopped.

Vince McNally, South Wye Police Boxing Academy coach and event organise said: "The show has a fantastic reputation nationally and is well established in the boxing calender.

"We are very proud that our partners Hereford Sixth Form continue to support the event. This year's profits for the show will be donated towards the Sixth Form College Hardship fund. The college helps our boxing club with our community work and provides support for students that come from low income families with funding for field trips and materials for courses."