Walcot boxer Said Eltuyev sailed through the opening round of the National Youth Championships with a convincing points’ win in Cheltenham.
Ewan Jenkins from the Empire Club in Bristol provided the Walcot boxer with a good workout, bringing an impressive fight record of 12 wins from 16 contests to the ring.
These talented 17-year-olds attacked from the opening bell, with both boxers enjoying some early success.
However, as the round progressed Eltuyev slipped many of the Bristolian’s shots, and then scored on the counter with his effective left hook.
The second session saw Eltuyev step up his workrate, and after a solid combination of left hooks and straight rights, Jenkins was awarded a standing count by referee Mike Hemming.
Both boxers went toe-to-toe in the final round as Jenkins bravely kept coming forward, and the Walcot boxer continued to pick him off on the counter.
The watching crowd gave both boxers a great ovation at the final bell, where Eltuyev was awarded a unanimous points’ decision by the ringside judges.
Walcot Coach Lionel McCrea was delighted with Eltuyev’s performance, saying: “Said followed my instructions perfectly and put on an impressive display of boxing on the counter.
“His punches were crisp and effective and his fitness was good.
“But credit must be given to his opponent who never stopped coming forward.”
Report courtesy of Dave Veysey.