HUNDREDS attended the sell-out Malmesbury Amateur Boxing Club Show held on Saturday in memory of the late Tony Stannard, head coach at the club for more than 30 years.

The event, held at the Activity Zone in Malmesbury was the first boxing show in town for over 10 years.

Many members of the Stannard family were present, along with more than 200 people, including special guests Joe Hughes and Ricky Porter.

The show featured many of Malmesbury ABC's most promising fighters, putting their skills to the test against visiting boxers from clubs all over the country.

Luc Rees won the Tony Stannard Memorial Trophy for best Malmesbury boxer of the night, showing very skilful footwork and body movement against a strong opponent in Joshua Fox. Luc possesses both the ability to fight at close quarters and box at range. He faces a tough trip to Cornwall this weekend where he will fight the far more experienced Taylor Barber from Bude.

Another fantastic performance came in the senior contest where Malmesbury’s Sam Kirby faced the imposing physique of Laron Trevena from the same club as Anthony Joshua (Finchley) and not dissimilar in build.

Sam was fearless and took the fight to Trevena from the off and caused the Londoner huge problems throughout the fight, catching him with stinging punches, whilst Trevena tried to pick him off at range.

Sam’s performance was worthy of winning the boxer of the night despite his loss, but he shows great promise for the future.

Sam was relentless in his efforts and at the final bell it was difficult to pick a winner but Trevena took it on a split decision.

Jensen Irving topped the bill against Sam Miller from Emeralds and showed great boxing prowess to outpoint his opponent with his very laid back stance and quick combinations. A fight worthy of a rematch however.

Ollie Evans (18) lost out to the older and very elusive fighter from Bath but Evans gave a very good account of himself.

The night was made by the venue and the audience, who brought back memories of the Hatton Wonderland scenes of years gone by with their own Malmesbury-related versions (“There’s only one Lukey Rees, one Lukey Rees….walking along singing a song…walking in a Reesy wonderland”) for all the Malmesbury fighters, adapting the song to fit each name.

The Stannard family presented a large framed picture of Tony Stannard to the club and this will take pride of place in their gym.

A truly memorable night for all involved, and the first of many to come.

RESULTS: Sam Stringer Malmesbury Skills Brandon Charnock Launceston Damian Fitzpatrick Malmesbury Skills Tresillian Gwennap Launceston Morgan Cole Malmesbury Lost Pts U Aaron Singh Barking Leo Riozzi Emeralds Won Pts U Tyler Hunt Horseshoe Alfie Ryder Strood Won Pts U Jack Venton Horseshoe Matt Pizzey Malmesbury Won Pts U Talal Attia Bath City Lewis Roberts Malmesbury Won Pts U Lennon Swords Marston Ollie Evans Malmesbury Lost Pts U Aymane Bourhfir Bath City Shane Smith Primal BA Won RSC 2 Keegan Woodhall Saltash Jed Davies Barnstaple Won Pts U Archie Nash Portland Jacob Liddington Malmesbury Won Pts U Lewis Speirs H/Hempstead Ross Griffiths Emeralds Lost Pts Maj George Joyce H/Hempstead Saul Dagnall Malmesbury Won Pts Maj Brandon Zinn Saltash Luc Rees Malmesbury Won Pts U Joshua Fox Horseshoe Brian Harris Malmesbury Won Pts Maj Richard Thalwald Kings BA Sam Kirby Malmesbury Lost Pts Maj Laron Trevena Finchley Jensen Irving Malmesbury Won Pts U Sam Miller Emeralds

Debut fights: Saul Dagnall, Jacob Liddington, Brian Harris all winners on points with impressive performances.