JUNIOR boxer David Smith impressed on his home turf when Hereford Boxing Academy hosted a sold out charity boxing dinner in aid of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kidney Patients Association.

Junior West Midlands Counties Champion Smith took on another county champion in Great Wyrley boxer David Peachy.

This bout had been on the cards before the West Midlands Championships had started and both lads added to the hype by becoming champions.

Despite having a reach disadvantage to Peach the Hereford boxer stepped into the ring full of confidence.

Smith's gameplan was to close Peach down and work on the inside giving his opponent no room for long lengthy shots.

Smith continued this plan throughout all three rounds and both boxers put in 100 per cent into their work rate and Smith triumphed on a split decision.

For his performance Smith also won the Faye Ford Memorial Shield for best boxer of the evening.

The night started with three local junior boxers all doing skills bouts, controlled at a slower pace to exhibit their talent and boxing skills.

When a skills bout is on there are no winners at the end.

Hereford's Freddie Jones fought Joe Dunster from Chepstow in the opening bout.

Jones boxed in his usual manner by driving forward as much as possible.

Next was Hereford’s Taylor Cook against Jake Peach (Shrewsbury)

Cook boxed tactically using the ring area space as much as he could.

Finally Hereford’s Jacob Williams fought against Tyson Biddle, from Bromyard.

Williams and Biddle both showed their strength and and are now read for full competition bouts.

Both coaches Andrea Strachan and Chris Reidy were pleased with all three junior bouts and how they all performed under home crowd pressure.

Next saw three bouts involving fighters from outside the county.

In bout eight Sam Muirhead (Bromyard ABC) took on James Burnside (Phoenix ABC).

Bromyard ABC is a new club that has just started this season coached by Neil Haycock.

His club is growing due to demand and Muirhead impressed the crowd stopping his opponent in the second round.

Hereford Boxing Academy were back in action in bout nine with Tom Beech taking on Liam Trinder (Heads of the Valley ABC).

Both boxers put everything into the fight but the final decision went to Trinder.

In the final bout Josh Smith (Hereford) took on Alex Havins (2nd City).

The boxers put on the most exciting bout of the evening slugged it out for three rounds.

Smith was the eventual winner to finish a successful evening.

Del Strachan (Head Coach) commented on the high standard of the evening events and was pleased to say that all our coaches put time and effort into the club boxers and the boxers performances paid off on this sell-out evening event