Boxing

Royal Navy Royal Marines Boxers Compete In Bristol

They faced off against opposition from the Bristol Sporting Club.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Boxing team have had a successful night against the Western Counties in Bristol.

They won four out of six bouts held at the Bristol Sporting Club.

The fixture between the two teams has taken place for the last 50 years and it was Marine Neil Brooke against Ben Coltman of the Rough Diamonds Club in Cheltenham.

After an even first round, Mne Brooke showed his credentials and upped his game in the second round.

He even forced Coltman to take a standing count after throwing an excellent right hand.

The bout was stopped before the end of the round as the referee called an end to the tie, giving Brooke the victory.

The second bout was a light heavyweight contest between Stuart Inwood and Marine Taz Campbell.

Inwood needed a doctor’s check on his ear in the first round but managed to take the fight to the full three rounds.

It was a good day for the military boxing team as they took four of six fights on the night.

Campbell edged it though and took the win thanks to a unanimous points decision from the judges.

At this point, the military team had a two-fight lead on the night, but Western Counties soon powered back.

Ricky Barrett and Jack Bannister managed to beat their Forces opponents Jake Murray and MacCormack Farrell to level the contest at two wins each.

The fifth bout was welterweight action between Able Seaman Keaton Hill and Ben Walters from Salisbury City.

AB Hill is based at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth and managed to edge out Walters in a close fight, winning by a unanimous points decision.

Able Seaman Luke Chapman was up next and he is also based at HMS Nelson.

He was facing off with Mickey Parsons of the Broad Plain Club in Bristol in the final fight of the night.

In the theme of the night, it was another close contest but AB Chapman was connecting with more of his combinations and impressed the judges.

Another unanimous decision went the way of the Royal Navy Royal Marines and they took a deserved team win on the night.