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By Liam Moakes Thursday 13 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 10:38
THE GRAND FINALS of the inaugural Redditch Box Cup took place in front of a capacity crowd at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday as fight fans enjoyed a superb evening's entertainment.
Some of the best ABA boxers from all over Great Britain took part and battled it out for the gold medals in the event which was organised by the newly-launched Redditch Community Amateur Boxing Club.
In doing so awareness of the club was raised, as was money to help the cardiac charity SADS UK (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome), whilst enough has been raised to put a defibrillator into St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Studley.
One of the fights saw RCABC light heavyweight Umar Anjum involved in a cracking bout against Shakan Pitters, of 2nd City ABC in Birmingham.
It was an absorbing clash between boxer and brawler, as 6ft 5in Pitters used his extra range well to box on the back foot in the first round and pick off the RCABC boxer with fast hands and nimble footwork, whilst Anjum pressed forward and landed some good shots of his own as he backed Pitters up on the ropes.
Round two was a carbon copy of the first with Pitters landing beautiful straight jabs and Anjum having to take one to land one.
Anjum was bleeding from the mouth as a result of Pitters' accurate counter-punching and late in round two a classy right cross dropped the Redditch lad to the canvas.
He was up at the count of six as the fight resumed and Anjum made it to the end of the round, but with it all to do in the final stanza.
Round three was all about Anjum as he showed tremendous heart in throwing punch after punch as Pitters looked increasingly tired.
Pitters was wobbled badly from a solid left hook that brought a cheer from the captivated audience and, with the crowd urging their man on, Anjum kept on attacking and landed several unanswered punches which looked like they may have swung the bout in his favour.
As the decision came in, the crowd gave both boxers a deserved round of applause for their efforts, but it was Pitters' hand raised after a split decision.
RCABC coaches Todd Reeves and Sarah Lee said of Anjum's display: "It was a tough bout and Umar fought with heart, in true RCABC style.
"We may have lost two close decisions in this year's tournament but, one thing is for sure, teams know that when they come up against RCABC boxers they are in for a tough time.
"The Redditch Box Cup has been a lot of hard work, but well worth it. Being able to provide a local school with life-saving equipment is very rewarding."
Anne Jolly, the founder of SADS UK, said: "It's a fantastic thing RCABC have done for SADS UK. It is really hard work organising an event and we are grateful for the money that has been raised."
Organiser Sarah Lee said: "We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting the event, everyone who helped behind the scenes, the Abbey Stadium staff who were so helpful throughout both days and everyone that came to watch the boxing.
"The event has been fantastic for the town and we hope it will continue to grow each year.
"The next edition of the tournament will be the Redditch Junior Box Cup in May and this event will be open to all ABA boxers aged 11 to 16."
RCABC are looking for new members, male and female, to learn the noble art and become competitive boxers.
If you would like to be part of a growing team, then turn up to one of the squad's sessions at Studley Sports Centre (BKL).
They train on Mondays and Thursdays. Juniors aged between eight and 15 train between 5.40-6.30pm and seniors aged 16-plus train between 6.30-7.45pm. Call 07540 325688 for further information.
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