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By Liam Moakes Tuesday 19 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 16:11
REDDITCH Community Amateur Boxing Club middleweight Brad Lambert was involved in an epic and ultimately successful battle last Friday night against Studio ABC (Birmingham) boxer and Redditch fighter Carl Dickens.
Both boxers are known for their come forward, crowd-pleasing style of boxing and each engaged in a three-round war - much to the delight of the packed crowd at Kings Norton Ex-Servicemen's Club.
Lambert started the first round brightly and threw thunderous right hands that landed clean on Dickens' face.
However, Dickens - strong and fit - ate them up as he moved forwards and within one minute of the bout beginning both lads were showing signs of being in battle.
Dickens' eyes were swelling up and Lambert's nose was bleeding. Late in the round, Lambert landed a short right that put Dickens down momentarily but Dickens soon gathered his senses and the bout continued until the bell.
The second round was Dickens' best. Both lads threw bombs that were bouncing off each other's granite jaws but Lambert seemed to be tiring and Dickens grew in confidence, keeping Lambert against the ropes.
As the round came to an end Dickens was getting the upper hand, only for a solid left hook by the Redditch Community boxer to catch Dickens flush.
The last round was the decider with everything pretty much even. It was toe to toe for three minutes and neither boxer would take a backward step.
Lambert would land a jab, Dickens would land a jab, Lambert would land a hook, Dickens would land a hook.
Both boxers looked exhausted but they carried on punching until the final bell and the crowd gave both lads a well deserved standing ovation in what was probably one of the most exciting amateur bouts in years.
As the boxers came to the middle of the ring to hear the decision, the referee gave both boxers a special mention that was greatly received by the supporters.
It was very close but rightly the split decision went in favour of Lambert of Redditch Community Amateur Boxing Club.
Lambert will next be in action at the Abbey Stadium on April 6 as he challenges for the vacant UNI BOX Boxing Rings Central Novice Belt against unbeaten Corey Beldon of Coventry.
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