YOUNG Hereford boxers proved their worth as they came away with a host of victories when they visited Lydney ABC Annual Christmas Boxing Open Show.

Junior fighter Cody Barlow was the first of four Hereford Boxing Academy members performing taking on host club member Cody Cottrell.

Barlow's opponent was undefeated so the Hereford boxer knew he had to work extra hard to get the win and started the round strongly throwing a flurry of punches which forced Cottrell onto his back foot.

Barlow performed his game plan well and at the end of round one the Lydney boxer;s corner stopped the fight handing him the win

David Smith was the next junior fighter into the ring for Hereford Boxing Academy when he faced Jay Holloway (Empire ABC).

Smith started the round with his slick movement forcing Holloway back with his jab.

The Hereford fighter continued to out-box Holloway for three rounds using every opportunity to display his skills and punching from every angle he could along with his fast foot work.

The final bell went and Smith took the win with a unanimous decision.

Hereford’s third bout was youth fighter Jake Price who faced Shayyan Hussain (Wellington ABC).

This bout was unfinished business as Price fought and lost against experienced fighter Hussain on points a month earlier.

Price took the centre of the ring and out-boxed Hussain through every round.

At times throughout the bout Hussain a tried hanging onto Price and was warned by the referee for holding on.

Price was obviously the stronger and more effective boxer eventually winning the bout with a unanimous decision from all the officials.

The fourth and final Hereford boxer in action was senior fighter Tom Beech who took on Ben Vaughan (Lydney ABC).

Vaughan was the more experienced boxer and posed a strong challenge for Beech

In the first round Vaughan shot out of his corner with a very fast work rate, but Beech wasn’t faced by his opponent's game plan covering up and blocking most of the shots before giving back the same.

After the opening minute there was signs of weakness as Vaughan’s fitness let him down and he struggle to keep up his tempo allowing Beech to unloaded his shots effetely and hitting his target with ease

In the second round Beech took complete control over the bout and made Vaughan look the weaker and the less skilled opponent. In round three Vaughan's corner pulled him out of the fight giving Beech the win

Coaches Del Strachan and Ian Stevens were delighted with all the Hereford boxers’ performances and said that all the training and hard work in 2018 had paid off.