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3 RIFLES Boxers Through To Army Boxing Championships Semis After Cyprus Win

The quarter-finals of the Army Boxing Championships have taken place in Cyprus...

The quarter-finals of the Army Boxing Championships have taken place in Cyprus.

3rd Battalion, The Rifles, (3 RIFLES) travelled from their base in Edinburgh to face 1st Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (1 LANCS).

There was a lot at stake for both teams but it was to prove a successful night for the away side.

The athletes were fighting not just for regimental honour but also a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

 

In the gym at Episkopi, the kingsmen of 1 LANCS created a cauldron of sound.

The first bout saw Kingsman Callum Talbot take victory by default, with 3 RIFLES unable to field an opponent on the night.

Up next were the lightweights, with Lance Corporal (LCpl) Brendan Benson facing Rifleman Robert Welsh-Davidson.

It was aggressive from the off, with both fighters coming forward and using their jabs effectively.

In the end, it was the home boxer who took victory by unanimous decision to extend 1 LANCS' good start to the night.

The next match, meanwhile, was the best of the night in terms of skill.

3 RIFLES Army Boxing Championships quarter-final win 2018

3 RIFLES LCpl Liam Hills dominated both the ring and opponent Corporal (Cpl) Joseph Benson, with a series of body shots and impressive footwork earning him a unanimous points victory.

And from then on, it was the riflemen's night.

In the middleweight contest Kingsman Gerard O'Hara faced LCpl Ben Marshall.

The bout wasn't quite as stylish as the one that preceded it. This was a scrap that saw each boxer try and outmuscle the other.

Towards the end, however, the pace and work-rate of the 3 RIFLES man started to show, which ultimately brought his team victory number two and levelled the overall contest going into the break.

After a display by the drums platoon of Somme Company, it was on to the 75-kilo light heavyweights.

3 RIFLES Army Boxing Championships quarter-final win 2018

Cpl James Parker faced Rfn Aaron Goodwin, with the 3 RIFLES fighter having both a height and reach advantage.

He was able to draw his opponent onto his counter punches and although the LANCS boxer tried to turn the tide in the third round, it wasn’t enough.

It saw 3 RIFLES notch their third victory ahead of the cruiserweight bout between Major Ben Collier and Rfn Elliot Dillingham.

Despite lots of early aggression from his opponent Rfn Dillingham began to dominate in the second round.

With the LANCS officer receiving two standing counts, victory unsurprisingly went to the 3 RIFLES boxer - putting the visitors 4-2 up on the night.

3 RIFLES Army Boxing Championships quarter-final win 2018

Bout seven was the heavyweights, with Sergeant Joseph Faulder of 1 LANCS fighting Rfn Connor Severns.

And it was the taller 3 RIFLES man who controlled the bout, his reach allowing him to work his jab and land point-scoring shots - and victory.

That meant his battalion had already sealed victory by the final fight of the evening, so for welterweight Cpl Bradley Rogerson-Bromley it was a chance to salvage some 1 LANCS pride as he faced Cpl Danny Kelly.

Both gave their all and while the 1 LANCS boxer was on the front foot throughout, it was the 3 RIFLES boxer who landed the more decisive blows. He took the bout by split decision.

The Commander of British Forces Cyprus, Major General James Illingworth, was on hand to present the prizes, with LCpl Liam Hills named boxer of the night.

For 3 RIFLES it's now on to the semi-finals, where they'll face 2 LANCS, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) or 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (2 PWRR).

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