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Jimmy Randall boxes clever for Combined Services

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

By mjenkin@northdevonjournal.co.uk

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BOXING

Mark Jenkin

A CHANGE of tactics helped Jimmy Randall secure a dramatic win for the Combined Services in a match against Scotland.

The Barnstaple boxer trailed in the early stages against James Dickie at Pirbright Army barracks in Surrey.

Fighting at his upper weight limit of 66kg, Randall, the Army boxer, was on the back foot in the opening round but went on the offensive in the second, knocking Dickie down with a ferocious flurry of shots.

The Scotland boxer needed a standing count and Randall quickly went on the attack again to end the contest by knockout.

This week, Randall is attending an England training camp to decide the team to face Ireland.

He is in action again for the Combined Services against Wales and Scotland in Hereford on Friday, November 16.

Kyle England, of Bideford ABC, was in fantastic form in London to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the Senior Novice Championships. Facing Riaz Noorgate, of Fairbarn ABC, England's energy and aggression were too much for the home fighter.

Although Noorgate tried to use his reach advantage, the strong body shots and combinations of the Bideford boxer gave him the edge.

Rocked by a right cross in the third, Noorgate was forced to hold on and England looked far fresher in the fourth round to see out a points victory.

Three Bideford boxers were in action at the Empire ABC show in Bristol where Kier McKinnon produced his best performance yet to cause an upset against Tom Murphy.

The home boxer, a former junior ABA finalist, was rattled by McKinnon's fast footwork and intelligent use of the jab in his points win.

Jake Langdon felt hard done by after a majority defeat against Empire's Dan Zarkoski. It was all to fight for in the last round and although Langdon seemed to show superior fitness, the verdict went against him.

Ryan Gumbley demonstrated his potential as a crowd pleaser with a frantic clash against Empire's Zak Pearce. Fighting on the front foot, he landed several left crosses and, despite missing out by a tight majority, Gumbley could be proud of his efforts.

There are eight junior and eight senior bouts lined up for Barnstaple ABC's show at St John's Community Centre, Tesco, on Saturday night.

Steph Ward, the club's new female boxer, and Dan Blackford, a new senior heavyweight, are making their debuts.

Doors open at 7pm and the boxing starts at 8pm. Space is limited and tickets are available in advance from Barnstaple ABC, the Corner House or by calling Mark Simpson on 07749 231121.

Barnstaple show line-up (Barnstaple ABC unless stated): Troy Elworthy v Adam Brown (Watchet), Flyn Elworthy v Kieron Edgeworth (Yate), Patrick Morton v Sam Ingram (Cambourne), Rob Squires v Matthew Porter (Combe Martin), Joe Freeman v Harry Jose (Cambourne), Brandon Maddock v Kyle Pearson (Sturminster), Jordan Jones v Billy Parsons (Bideford), Shane Medlan (Paignton) v Dave Lewis (Minehead), Stephanie Ward v Victoria Morgan (Lions), Liam Laird v Harry Webb (Lympstone), Toby Durrant (Paignton) v Callum James (Sydenham), Harry Sügars v Billy Butler (Torrington Police), Tom Allum v Kyle Simpson (Pilgrims), Dan Blackford v Martin Foster (Cambourne), Luke Vega (Yeovil) v Brian Musawara (Priorswood), Nico Faassen v Darren Townley (Pilgrims).

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